SAN FRANCISCO -- The slumping Giants will be without their powerful right fielder for at least another week.
Right fielder Hunter Pence is back in a thin black splint so that he keeps his left wrist immobilized for five to seven days. Pence said doctors told him the tendinitis will not heal if the wrist keeps moving, and the team is hoping to knock this out once and for all so Pence isn't dealing with the discomfort all season.
He has tried several times to push through the pain, but the discomfort gets worse every time Pence takes hard swings.
"We're going to shut him down," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Pence hasn't played since June 2 but was eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. He will miss this weekend's series at Dodger Stadium, but the Giants could have a replacement ready by then. Gregor Blanco (concussion) is feeling much better and will run sprints Tuesday and ramp up his baseball activities.
"We're going to test him pretty good today," Bochy said.
Blanco could be back as soon as Wednesday, and the Giants certainly need him. Bochy turned to Brandon Belt as an outfielder Tuesday, putting him in left field with Nori Aoki shifting over to right. Bochy said he wanted to keep Belt in the lineup on a day when Andrew Susac was scheduled to catch Tim Lincecum, bumping Buster Posey to first. Belt often sits these games, especially against lefties. The Mariners are starting left-hander J.A. Happ.
"We're trying to get this offense going and we need to get him going, so I didn't want to sit him," Bochy said of Belt.
--- Matt Cain's fastball was 90-94 for Sacramento last night and mostly sat around 92 mph. Cain was pleased with his stuff and said he just needs to work on getting his pitch count up. He threw just 3 1/3 innings on Monday night but part of that was because of shaky infield defense by the River Cats. Cain struck out seven.
"That was good," he said. "I was throwing my fastball a good bit, which is nice. The location wasn't great all the time ... the breaking ball was a lot better."
Cain said there's no set-in-stone timetable for a return to the big leagues but the Giants are looking at him making at least two more starts to get his pitch count up.
"Unless he surprises us and goes seven or eight in his next start ..." Bochy said.
--- Third-base coach Roberto Kelly is away from the team today because of a death in the family. Steve Decker will coach third.