LOS ANGELES -- Hunter Pence's splint had been changed out for a softer one Saturday, but that doesn't mean the right fielder is any closer to meaningful baseball activities. Manager Bruce Bochy said there's nothing new with his right fielder, who is on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his left wrist that flares up when he swings a bat.
"We're going to have to slow-play it here to make sure the tendinitis doesn't creep back in there," Bochy said.
Asked if it's possible that Pence will miss the rest of the season's first half, Bochy paused.
"I hope it's not that long," he said. "The fact he hasn't done anything for five days or six days, if not longer, means it is going to take a while to get back in shape."
Bochy said the Giants won't have an accurate timetable on Pence until he gets the splint off. "We'll see where he's at," he said.
--- Matt Cain starts for the Sacramento River Cats tonight and is scheduled for one more start after this one. It's possible, however, that Cain will be activated next week. The Giants haven't ruled out making a quick move if Cain gets deep (think six innings or so) in his start tonight. The other rehabbing right-hander, Jake Peavy, almost certainly will be back in the rotation on the next homestand. Peavy is making his last rehab start in Triple-A tomorrow (barring a setback) and Bochy said Peavy will be in the rotation when he's brought off the disabled list.
So, what are the Giants going to do?
"We're going to have to get creative here," Bochy said.
The Giants are looking at all sorts of options, and today's starter is worth watching. Tim Hudson wore down by the end of last season and has dealt with health issues off and on during his two seasons in San Francisco. It's possible the staff will decide to give him a breather at some point and rest the arm.
--- A local reporter asked Bochy about Long Beach State's Matt Duffy, and he joked that his first impression of Duffy was that he's really skinny. "But you watched him play and you could tell this guy has the talent to hit the ball," Bochy said.
Duffy enters today's game hitting .367 (19-for-52) with runners in scoring position, the second-highest average among MLB rookies behind only Kris Bryant.