LOS ANGELES -- The Giants were prepared to activate Gregor Blanco on Friday evening, marking the first in what could be a flurry of roster moves. Blanco was in the starting lineup as the right fielder but the Giants were waiting until after batting practice to make the move official because they wanted Jarrett Parker to be able to take BP on the field at Dodger Stadium. Parker will be optioned back to Triple-A Fresno to make room for Blanco, who has been on the concussion DL.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Blanco "passed all the tests" and will pretty much be the everyday right fielder until Hunter Pence returns. Pence is on the DL because of tendinitis in his left wrist, and he still is not swinging a bat.
In other DL news, Bochy said Brian Sabean and Lee Elder will be in Sacramento this weekend to watch Matt Cain (starting Saturday) and Jake Peavy (starting Sunday). The Giants need to figure out what to do with both rehabbing pitchers, particularly Peavy because he's one start away from being back. Sabean and Elder have been rumored to be watching starters on the trade market, but they may not even have room in the rotation at the moment.
Finally, Jean Machi (groin strain) is healthy and a move will be made next Tuesday or Wednesday. Bochy wouldn't say what that move will be, but Mike Broadway would be a candidate to return to Triple-A if Machi is brought back up here. The Giants do want to stick with 13 pitchers for now.
--- Christ Heston is on the mound tonight, and he's looking to become the first Giants rookie starter to win at Dodger Stadium since Madison Bumgarner did it July 19, 2010.
--- A reminder: The Giants didn't allow a run while sweeping the Dodgers the last time these two played. They have a 31-inning shutout streak against the Dodgers, which is their best against the Dodgers in the SF era and their eighth-longest all-time against a single opponent. The Giants haven't shut out the same team four straight times since blanking the Phillies in 1917-18.
--- Here's Pence on the cover of San Francisco Magazine.