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09/17/12 9:53 PM ET

Nady back in action, gets starting nod

SAN FRANCISCO -- Xavier Nady returned to the field against the Rockies on Monday, starting in left field and batting seventh.

Nady had been sidelined since he strained his left hamstring Sept. 5, and though he said he wasn't sure if he could list himself as being 100 percent healthy, he assured that he was ready to play on an everyday basis.

"You just have to be smart if you hit a ball in the gap or something, try not to do something nuts or crazy," Nady said. "Each day you can build your stretch back and then monitor it."

The 33-year-old Nady had his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 1 and had batted 4-for-12 before the injury.

"He's been around and knows how to play the game," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was swinging well before he got hurt."

Nady's return coincides with Gregor Blanco's sore shoulder, which sidelined him Sunday. Bochy said the only way Blanco would appear in Monday's game would be as a pinch-runner.

"We're pretty confident that he's going to be fine in a couple days," Bochy said. "He's made a lot of progress from yesterday. He won't take batting practice and then we'll evaluate him tomorrow."

The time spent recovering from the injury allowed Nady, who started the season on the Nationals, the chance to get to know his new teammates a bit more as the club looks to head into postseason play.

"I've been playing against a lot of these guys for a long time, and sometimes you don't like playing against them," Nady said. "And then you get a teammate, and then it's like, 'This guy's not a bad guy at all.'"

Bochy taking care to rest players down stretch

SAN FRANCISCO -- With only 16 games left on the Giants' schedule entering Monday and a likely trip to the postseason ahead, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he has been mindful of not overworking players and making sure they are getting necessary time off.

"I have thought about it and we have rested some guys," Bochy said, pointing to days off for players like Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval in recent games. "I think we're OK, but if I think a guy needs a day at this point, he's going to get a day. You don't want to wear a guy down right now."

Bochy said that he would have done the same regardless of the size of the Giants' division lead, which stood at a season-high 7 1/2 games entering Monday's contest, and he pointed to the continued everyday play of Hunter Pence and the near everyday play of Buster Posey as being examples of the club remaining focused on winning games.

"I think I would have done what's right for the player and the club," Bochy said. "If you need a day, you're going to get a day seeing where we are in the season."

Giants hoping to improve results at home

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants began a 10-game homestand with Monday's series opener against the Rockies, and the club is hoping that the momentum of its recent 4-2 road trip will carry over to AT&T Park.

While the Giants have won 19 of their last 25 games on the road, they have lost 15 of their last 24 games at home.

"It's got to pick up; we know it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's no reason why we haven't played quite as well here."

The Giants are 3-4-1 in their last eight series at home, but are still 40-31 (.563) on the season at AT&T Park.

"Early in the season we were very good here," Bochy said. "It's going to be important that we put that behind us and play well here."

Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.