SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan was expected back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale. A few minutes before batting practice Tuesday, he took Jarrett Parker's spot in left field.
"He came in today and he really wanted to play," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He said he felt great. He played three (rehab) games. He went down and played five innings and then seven innings and then played nine. That box has been checked off. He passed all those tests."
To clear a roster spot, Mac Williamson was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento. Williamson was 2-for-13 after Hunter Pence went on the DL, hitting a big homer off David Price. Jarrett Parker is 10-for-50 this season with three homers. Essentially the two have had the same season at this level, and there was some consideration given to keeping Williamson since he's a right-handed bat and the Giants are pretty left-handed with Pence out.
But Bochy said Ramiro Pena helps as a switch-hitter off the bench. Pagan, obviously, also hits from both sides.
"It was a tough call," Bochy said. "I think more than anything this gives us another power left-handed bat off the bench. We think we're better off this way. That doesn't mean we couldn't change this in a couple of weeks."
One other thing: Pagan didn't go back to the No. 9 spot, but Bochy said that will eventually happen. With Pence missing from the heart of the lineup the staff felt that it was best to have Pagan higher up. Plus, he has Gregor Blanco behind him, not the pitcher.
--- Sergio Romo threw a light session off the mound today but there's no timetable for his return. The Giants are being extremely cautious with Romo. When he comes back, they want him back for good. If that means a few extra days of rest right now, so be it.