SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran was not in Monday night's starting lineup against the Pirates, and an MRI taken before the game revealed a right wrist strain suffered in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Phillies.
Beltran felt his hand flare up on his last swing of Sunday's game and left before the eighth inning. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative, and Monday's MRI revealed inflammation and slight strains in two areas of Beltran's right hand and wrist. Beltran doesn't have any structural damage, but he is day to day and didn't know whether he would be able to play Tuesday night against the Pirates.
"As soon as I feel like I can swing the bat, I will be out there," Beltran said. "There's injuries that allow you to go out there and be under control, but the wrist -- swinging the bat, that's a huge part of the game, and throwing the ball is a huge part of the game."
Beltran said he underwent treatment about six or seven times Monday, and he hopes to take some simulated swings Tuesday to test his wrist. If he feels good after that, he said, he will play.
The veteran outfielder said his wrist wasn't that sore when he left AT&T Park on Sunday, but it was far worse when he woke up Monday morning. After treating it Monday afternoon, he had enough range of motion to do some lifting and weight-room workouts, but the training staff didn't want Beltran to hit or throw.
Taking the MRI mostly as a precautionary measure, Beltran said he wasn't concerned about a long-term injury.
"I took some X-rays yesterday after the game, and everything came out negative, so I wasn't thinking that anything was going to be wrong," Beltran said. "I knew I had a little bit of inflammation in the hand, but when the results came, the doctor said that everything looked good -- tendon, ligament, everything was great. It was just inflammation and a little bit of a strain in those two areas."
While Beltran does have a history of injuries, he said Sunday that he had never experienced any trouble with his right hand or wrist.
"We don't think it's serious, but we needed to get it checked out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Monday's 5-0 loss. "Just a little sore, and we're getting ready to go on the road, so it just makes sense to go ahead and get this over with. We don't want to be kicking ourselves if we hit the road and we didn't get it checked out. Since he's not playing today, go ahead and get an MRI done to make sure there's nothing going on."
Whiteside, Ramirez fined for Phillies skirmish
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants escaped Friday night's benches-clearing fracas with the Phillies about as well as they could have possibly hoped -- without any injuries or suspensions.
Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon that Giants catcher Eli Whiteside and pitcher Ramon Ramirez would have to pay an undisclosed fine, but neither was suspended. Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, who was hit by a Ramirez pitch and made a move toward the mound before Whiteside came bounding in, was handed a three-game suspension but elected to appeal it, and third baseman Placido Polanco was also dealt an undisclosed fine.
Ramirez, Whiteside and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said they were all happy with the league's ruling, though both Whiteside and Ramirez admitted they expected they might receive a one-game suspension.
"I didn't feel like I did anything. I just went out there to protect my pitcher," Whiteside said. "I know I may have looked a little crazy jumping around out there, but other than that, that was my intention -- to protect Ramon. I'm happy with the outcome.
"A lot of guys are getting suspended for something like that. I thought I might get a game, but I'm happy with not having to miss any time."
Ramirez said he found out he was not suspended while watching TV, and pitching coach Dave Righetti came to share the news Ramirez had already seen. Ramirez said he expected a short suspension because the Phillies thought he intentionally threw at Victorino, but he was pleased with the decision and ready to put the entire incident behind him.
"That's not me, throwing baseballs at people. My job is to try to help my team win," Ramirez said. "I'm always ready to take a step forward."
And Whiteside, whose bouncing in front of Victorino was perhaps more memorable than the rest of the scrum, was finally able to laugh about the situation.
Asked if he had heard from NFL teams based on his textbook tackle of Polanco, Whiteside replied, "I haven't gotten any calls yet. Maybe the 49ers will. Maybe I'll go down there for training camp here in a couple days."
Giants ace Tim Lincecum was feeling fine and had no pain after getting hit in the right knee by Chase Utley's thrown bat Sunday. Lincecum stayed in the game but was icing his knee after Sunday's game.
"He got hit pretty good. He's fine. He's tough, Timmy is," Bochy said. "It caught him pretty good, but he shook it off. He didn't want to come out. That's a lethal weapon."
Bochy said Aubrey Huff was feeling fine as well, and he didn't understand where any concern over the first baseman's health came from. Huff appeared to be grabbing his right hamstring after sliding into second Sunday but said after the game he had just been hit by the ball. Bochy added that Huff didn't get any treatment or even get checked out by athletic trainers after the game.
Infielder Miguel Tejada hopes to take ground balls in a few days and begin a rehab assignment soon, but Bochy once again sounded more cautious about Tejada's recovery from an abdominal strain, saying the most important thing was not risking a setback.
"We don't want to rush him," Bochy said. "We want to make sure he is moving around like he should and showing the kind of range that he'll need."
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.