07/31/12 9:59 PM ET
Giants expect Pence to provide boost to lineup
By Chris Haft and Jay Lee / MLB.com
"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.
Schierholtz going to miss being on Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- The smile on Nate Schierholtz's face could have illuminated AT&T Park.He was participating in a media interview session on the off-day preceding the 2010 World Series opener, which might have been a chore for many players. But it was anything but obligatory for the beaming Schierholtz, who reveled in representing the team he rooted for while growing up just minutes away from San Francisco in the East Bay. That pride Schierholtz derived from being a Giant inspired him from the time the organization drafted him in the second round in 2003 until his final day with the club. But that feeling was matched, if not exceeded, by his desire to play regularly -- which never happened with the Giants. So Schierholtz welcomed Tuesday's trade that sent him and two other players to the Philadelphia Phillies for right fielder Hunter Pence, who's expected to bolster San Francisco's offense. But Schierholtz wasn't necessarily expecting it. "I think in the back of my mind there's always a possibility of something happening," Schierholtz told MLB.com in a telephone interview. "But I've always been a Giant, so until I woke up and my wife was telling me the news this morning, I wasn't hung up on listening to the media 24/7." Without prompting, Schierholtz addressed the thrill of being a Giant. "It's an emotional day for me," he said. "I'm going to miss San Francisco. I'm going to miss being a Giant, all my teammates and the fans and all the great memories here that we had, especially winning the World Series in 2010. It's tough leaving, but I'm definitely looking forward to my opportunity in Philadelphia." Schierholtz can be expected to play frequently in Philadelphia, if not regularly, given the departures of Pence and Shane Victorino, who was traded to the Dodgers. "I was just looking for an opportunity to prove that I can play every day, and I didn't get the feeling I was going to get it in San Francisco all these years," said Schierholtz, who hit .257 with five home runs, 17 RBIs, a .429 slugging percentage and a .327 on-base percentage in 77 games with the Giants this season.
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."