7/24/2014 2:10 P.M. ET
Bochy's rotation reflecting one game at a time
Giants skipper planning for long haul, while Dodgers aligned for this weekend's set
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Rivalry isn't all that makes the Giants and Dodgers polar opposites. Their respective pitching rotations also reflect the clubs' philosophical differences.
The Dodgers aligned their post-All-Star-break rotation so their top three starters -- Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu -- would face San Francisco in this weekend's series at AT&T Park. By contrast, Giants manager Bruce Bochy's top priority was the first series after the break, which happened to be at Miami. He arranged the starters by pecking order, with All-Stars Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson receiving the first two starts.
Bochy reasoned that this ultimately might provide Bumgarner (12-7), the team's wins leader, with an extra start later in the season.
This reflects Bochy's belief that, with some exceptions, no single game is bigger than another. He follows the notion that games won in April are just as important as games won in September.
"I don't know what's not a big game," Bochy said.
Adrianza's leg injury may clear way for Uggla
PHILADELPHIA -- Infielder Ehire Adrianza re-injured his right hamstring on Thursday during the Giants' 2-1 loss to the Philllies and may have to return to the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Bochy cited no probable replacement for Adrianza on the active roster. But if the Giants need to shelve Adrianza, who was on the disabled list June 23-July 10, an opening would be created for veteran Dan Uggla, whom San Francisco signed to a Minor League contract on Monday.
Uggla could fill in at second base, where the Giants have virtually no depth. Adrianza started at second on Thursday. Rookie Joe Panik is still hobbling on a sprained right ankle. Joaquin Arias has been limited to reserve duty, due largely to his .187 batting average, and Marco Scutaro is still working his way back from various ailments.
Adrianza, who injured himself while running the bases after lining a fifth-inning RBI single, is batting .325 (13-for-40) while hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
• Bochy relayed the news on Thursday that center fielder Angel Pagan has begun testing his ailing back by taking "soft toss" batting practice in Arizona as part of his recovery regimen. "Reports said he was feeling good, so that's encouraging," the skipper said.
• Bochy seemed to choose his words carefully when asked why right-handed-batting Marco Scutaro wasn't in Thursday's lineup against Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels. Bochy indicated that Scutaro, who has started twice since being activated from the disabled list on July 12, is still easing his way into playing shape after enduring back problems.
"Hopefully, he'll get to the point where we're more comfortable using him a couple of days a week," said Bochy, adding that Scutaro might start one of the three weekend games against the Dodgers.
• Bochy said that despite still feeling the effects of the concussion he sustained last Saturday, first baseman Brandon Belt was expected to be able to return to San Francisco on the team's chartered flight.