Giants notes: Affeldt to return Thursday, Gaudin close, etc.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeremy Affeldt is ready to pitch. But the Giants aren't quite ready for him.

The reliever was expected to be reinstated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but manager Bruce Bochy announced that the team would wait until Thursday to activate Affeldt before the team opens a four-game set against the Dodgers.

Affeldt, who has been on the disabled list since July 21 with a strained groin, passed all his tests, took pitcher's fielding practice and threw his third and best simulated game on Tuesday.

"I feel fine," Affeldt said. "Not much else to say, I feel great."

While the team isn't playing for the playoffs, and Affeldt has two more seasons on his three-year contract with the Giants, it's important for the reliever to return this season.

"For me to go out and compete a little bit, end the season on a good note would be great," Affeldt said, "Good for my mentality."

Affeldt, 34, isn't even close to quitting on the season. In fact, the lefty has lofty goals for the final 17 games.

"I want to win out," Affeldt said. "I don't care where or who we are playing. That's the goal."

Starting Thursday, when Affeldt is activated, they'll be playing in Los Angeles against the first-place Dodgers, who have their sights set on clinching the NL West.

"You don't want anyone to clinch against you," Affeldt said. "Let them clinch against someone else."

Chad Gaudin isn't quite as close as Affeldt. Gaudin, who has been on the DL with carpal tunnel since Aug. 20, is expected to pitch to live hitters one more time -- either Thursday or Friday in Los Angeles -- before he is reinstated.

"He doesn't feel like he's quite ready," Bochy said.

Wednesday's was a day game, which is supposed to mean an off day for Marco Scutaro.

But the 37-year old is in there, playing and batting second for the series finale against his last team before the Giants -- Colorado.

"I wasn't planning on playing him, to be honest," Bochy said. "He talked his way into playing. You admire the fact he wants to be out there for the finale against the Rockies, trying to win a series."

Scutaro played one season with the Rockies, hitting .271 in 95 games before he was traded to the Giants for Charlie Culberson last season.

Brandon "The Playmaker" Crawford is the cover boy for the latest Giants Magazine. He laughed about the "defensive wizardly" label, but said that he very much enjoyed the article.