PHOENIX -- The Giants announced that they had promoted second baseman Emmanuel Burriss and utility man Eugenio Velez -- in what were likely the club's final callups -- following Monday's 2-0, extra-winning win over the D-backs.
Both Burriss and Velez, whose Triple-A Fresno season ended Monday evening, will be in uniform and available to play in San Francisco's evening game in Arizona on Tuesday. The position-player pair will be joined by their Minor League manager, Steve Decker, who will help out as an ancillary coach.
Burriss, who played in three games for the Giants between Aug. 9 and 13, batted .280 and stole 11 bases in 66 games at Fresno this season. He gives San Francisco another option on defense and on the basepaths in late innings.
Velez batted .302 in 82 games for Fresno but struggled in his previous stints with the Giants, batting .196 in limited playing time. In a pinch, he can play second base and the outfield.
Other candidates to be called up that were not include utility man Ryan Rohlinger and right-handed pitchers Kevin Pucetas, Waldis Joaquin and Henry Sosa.
Major League clubs were allowed to expand their rosters from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1. San Francisco now has 32 active players.
Uribe rests sore shin in Arizona opener
PHOENIX -- Infielder Juan Uribe was out of the starting lineup for the Giants' series opener with the D-backs on Monday.
Uribe was lifted after fouling a pitch off his left shin -- then homering on the next pitch -- in the seventh inning of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Dodgers.
"He's developing. With the day game [after a night game]," manager Bruce Bochy said, "that means sore[ness]."
Bochy added that Uribe was available to play off the bench for Monday's game.
Edgar Renteria started in Uribe's stead, manning shortstop and batting eighth against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy.
Mota returns to crowded bullpen
PHOENIX -- The Giants officially activated reliever Guillermo Mota off the 15-day disabled list following Monday's 2-0 extra-inning win over the D-backs.
Mota, who played long toss and threw in a flat-ground session in the outfield at Chase Field on Monday morning, was placed on the DL on Aug. 22 due to IT band syndrome. He may now be buried in what will be at least an eight-man bullpen upon his return but said he still hopes to be a part of San Francisco's stretch run.
"That's what I expect," he said. "I hope to do better than I was doing lately, like the way I started the season."
Mota (1-3, 4.78 ERA) started 2010 with nine straight scoreless appearances but, just prior to his injury, had allowed 11 runs in his last six games.
Giants defense coordinator Shawon Dunston caught up with D-backs TV color analyst Mark Grace during batting practice Monday. Dunston and Grace were teammates with the Chicago Cubs from 1988 to 1995 and again in 1997. ... Catcher Buster Posey lost the grip on his bat during his fourth-inning plate appearance, and it struck a 13-year-old boy seated in the fourth row on the third-base side behind home plate, an area unprotected by netting. The young fan was removed from Chase Field on a stretcher and taken to a Phoenix-area hospital. ... Center fielder Andres Torres made a pair of great catches in Monday's 2-0 win. He tracked Stephen Drew's warning-track flyout to left in the sixth, and he made a sliding grab on Adam LaRoche's liner in the bottom of the 11th. "Our defense has picked us up a lot," starter Madison Bumgarner said. "I don't think we've said enough about it."
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.