SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt has been Bruce Bochy's best hitter this season, so the manager plans to run him out there every day if possible. Bochy noted that first basemen don't run much, so Belt won't need the breaks that outfielders occasionally get.
"Although he tries to steal a few bases," Bochy joked.
Belt isn't in the lineup today, though. He came down with something last night and was throwing up all night, so Conor Gillaspie starts at first against Marcus Stroman. "He had a rough night," Bochy said. "It's some kind of virus. He's pretty washed out."
The news was a bit better elsewhere on the "training room" front. Angel Pagan ran the bases for the second time and should be ready to start a game in Arizona. Bochy said it's possible Pagan starts as soon as Thursday.
(Sidebar: Many of you are raging on Twitter about the fact that Pagan could have been put on the 15-day DL and come back around this time anyway, but that misses a big part of this. The Giants have one healthy position player -- Mac Williamson -- who is on the 40-man roster and not here, and he had such a rough go of it that he was optioned back to Triple-A on Monday. They felt it was worthwhile to have Pagan around just in case he beat the DL deadline by even a few games, and ultimately it didn't cost them anything. If you're mad, try and find one game when Pagan's absence seriously hampered Bochy. You can't. The bigger issue is that the Giants don't have multiple guys at Triple-A who are a clear upgrade in this situation.)
George Kontos threw a scoreless rehab inning last night for Triple-A Sacramento. He should join the Giants in San Diego next week.
--- Here's my story from Matt Cain's best start of the season. Bochy was very pleased, noting that it's critical to get Cain and Jake Peavy going because "I know this offense will get it going."
And here's a notebook on Tim Lincecum, and two pitching promotions.
--- One interesting note from last night: Bochy was asked about Johnny Cueto's personality off the field, and during his answer he mentioned that Cueto is very tuned in when he's not starting. Bochy said Cueto was the one who suggested challenging the Tulowitzki play (the Giants thought he missed third) last night. Cueto had been watching the bag, and he very nearly saved the Giants a run.