07/31/12 9:59 PM ET
Schierholtz going to miss being on Giants
By Chris Haft and Jay Lee / MLB.com
Giants expect Pence to provide boost to lineup
SAN FRANCISCO -- With rumors circulating for the last few days that the Giants were seeking to trade for Hunter Pence, Giants players welcomed the official news on Tuesday that the two-time All-Star would be joining the lineup.
"From a confidence standpoint, I think it helps everybody," Ryan Theriot said. "Obviously he's in the National League, so we're all pretty familiar with him. I've known him for a long time, played against him for a while, and off the field, too. He's going to fit in just fine and he's going to be a great addition. I'm pretty excited about it."
The .290 career hitter strengthens the heart of the Giants' batting order, with manager Bruce Bochy saying before Tuesday's game that Pence will bat fifth behind Buster Posey until Pablo Sandoval returns from a hamstring injury.
"With him in the lineup and Pablo coming back healthy, I think there are a few different scenarios that can come up as far as the lineup goes, but I think he definitely improves our lineup 100 percent," Posey said.
For four seasons, Theriot competed against Pence in the National League Central while Theriot was on the Cubs and Pence was on the Astros.
"He's one of those guys, like Albert [Pujols], where you take notice when he comes to the plate, from an infield perspective," Theriot said.
Posey said the team didn't need any reminders that general manager Brian Sabean was serious about contending for the postseason, but did say that the deal boosts the confidence within the clubhouse.
"I think it shows they want to put the pieces together to win as much as possible," Posey said.
Pagan out with hand injury; DL likely for Huff
SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan was out of the starting lineup against the Mets on Tuesday with two bruised fingers on his left hand, which manager Bruce Bochy said happened when he "took a bat to something" out of frustration after he flied out to right field in the fifth inning of Monday's game.
"He's doing better, and he's available to go in if we need him," Bochy said before Tuesday's game. "I'd like to give him a day, maybe two days. I think he can use a break, too. I know he's frustrated. He's been hard on himself."
Pagan has been in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump dating back to July 18, and was replaced in center field by Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning on Monday. Blanco started in center on Tuesday.
"It's one of those things you try and keep under control," Bochy said. "These guys are competitive, you understand that. But at the same time, we've got a couple games when they've let that get the best of them, and we get in tight ball games and then we're short."
Aubrey Huff also aggravated a knee injury while running to first base after pinch-hitting in Monday's game, but wasn't placed on the disabled list as of Tuesday's game because newly acquired Hunter Pence had yet to arrive to San Francisco before the start the game. Brett Pill was brought up from Triple-A Fresno to take Nate Schierholtz's roster spot, with Huff expected to be placed on the DL once Pence arrives.
"To be honest with you, we're holding off on making the roster move right now," Bochy said. "For the time being, Pill will take the place of Schierholtz and Huff is in limbo right now. He can't run, but he could be a left-handed bat coming off the bench."