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ST. LOUIS -- The Giants activated backup catcher Andrew Susac on Monday, giving them an important extra bat for a brutal trip through St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Hector Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A.
Susac played six rehab games for the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats, homering twice in the final three games. He hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning of Sacramento's win on Sunday.
Manager Bruce Bochy put Susac right into Monday's lineup, giving Buster Posey a rare day off. Susac missed 26 games and Posey started 21 of them behind the plate, getting just one start at first base during that time. When he has both catchers, Bochy prefers to give Posey more starts at first base to rest his legs. The MVP catcher looked a bit worn down by the end of a homestand that ended Sunday.
Susac suffered a right thumb sprain when he slid into third base with a triple in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. He has started 28 games for the Giants this season, hitting .241 with three homers and 11 RBI.
Sanchez played in just seven games in his return to the big leagues, going 2 for 21 at the plate. One of the two hits was a big one, a grand slam in San Diego.