8/24/2014 8:23 P.M. ET
Leg tightness prompts rest for Pagan
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Washington Nationals with what manager Bruce Bochy described as leg tightness.
Bochy said he expects Pagan to rejoin the lineup Monday, indicating the injury is not serious. Pagan was available to come off the bench Sunday, Bochy added.
Pagan's batting .277 (18-for-65) since returning from the disabled list Aug. 7 after missing 44 games with back tightness. That includes a .333 effort (8-for-24) in the current road trip's first five games.
Struggling Lincecum may not make next start
WASHINGTON -- Tim Lincecum's status for his next scheduled start remained uncertain Sunday, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy had yet to meet with the right-hander to discuss his slump.
Bochy said he had talked with pitching coach Dave Righetti and general manager Brian Sabean about Lincecum, who yielded six runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings Saturday. Lincecum is 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA in his last six starts.
Bochy added that Yusmeiro Petit, the leading candidate to start Thursday against Colorado if Lincecum doesn't, will need a couple of days' rest after pitching 6 1/3 innings in two appearances since last Thursday. But Bochy said that once Petit's arm recovers, he wouldn't hesitate to use the long reliever in a game if the need for him arose.
Though Bochy hadn't spoken with Lincecum, he sensed the disappointment the erstwhile ace expressed after Saturday's game.
"Timmy takes it so hard, because he feels like he let everybody down," Bochy said.
Peavy, Hudson ejected from Giants' dugout
WASHINGTON -- Concluding the Giants' visit to the nation's capital by exercising their freedom of speech, veteran right-handers Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy were ejected during the third inning of Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Hudson insisted that Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg wasn't pausing in a set position when he was throwing out of the stretch with men on base, as pitchers are required to do.
"He almost stops," Hudson said playfully after the Giants' 14-6 loss.
From his perch in the Giants' dugout, Hudson shared his opinion with third-base umpire Paul Emmel, who soon ejected him.
"I don't even know how he heard me," Hudson said.
Emmel then tossed Peavy, who said that his primary transgression was agreeing with Hudson.
"We felt [Strasburg] wasn't coming to a complete stop," Peavy said. "It wasn't much other than that."
Sandoval ends impressive errorless streak
WASHINGTON -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy suggested that tightness in Pablo Sandoval's right forearm could have accounted for his overthrowing first base Saturday, which ended the third baseman's 73-game errorless streak.
Bochy nevertheless praised Sandoval, who has established himself as a legitimate Gold Glove candidate.
"That was a really impressive run," Bochy said of Sandoval's streak.
Sandoval would have had to remain error-free until late September to make a truly serious bid for the all-time record. John Wehner and Jeff Cirillo share the big league mark of 99 consecutive errorless games at third base. Sandoval didn't even break the Giants' record. That belongs to Jim Davenport, who played 97 consecutive errorless games at third base from July 26, 1966, to April 28, 1968.