The Giants activated left-handed reliever Jason Christiansen from the disabled list and optioned David Aardsma to Triple-A Fresno. That left three lefties in the bullpen, including Scott Eyre and Wayne Franklin.
The Giants plan to pitch Kirk Rueter before Jason Schmidt. Lately, he has been starting after Rueter. But the Giants believe that hitters might be less prepared to face the hard-throwing Schmidt one day after facing the soft-tossing Rueter.
PITCHERS TO WATCH:
RHP Dustin Hermanson, the master of no-decisions, went 10 starts without a loss from May 15 to July 3.
LHP Noah Lowry could return to the Giants' rotation soon. He was demoted to Triple-A Fresno after posting a 3.48 ERA in three starts with the Giants.
RHP Kevin Correia has been converted to a reliever and could join the Giants' bullpen in the second half. Correia made seven starts for the Giants last season.
1B J.T. Snow finished the first half batting third, and he performed well enough to stay in that spot after the break. Problem is, he's been hitting so many doubles that cleanup man Barry Bonds, with first base open, continues to get intentionally walked at an alarming pace.
POSITION PLAYERS TO WATCH:
LF Barry Bonds broke his own record for most intentional walks in a season when he drew No. 69. It's not a record he savors, but it puts him on pace to top 100.
CF Marquis Grissom was dropped from third in the lineup and has batted sixth and seventh. The move was made after Grissom hit .210 in a stretch of 81 at-bats.
1B J.T. Snow had a six-game stretch before the break hitting .391 (9-for-23). It's a good thing hitting in front of Barry Bonds, getting all those juicy fastballs.
MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Robb Nen (right shoulder tendinitis) is coming off three shoulder surgeries and won't pitch this season. RHP Jesse Foppert is sidelined following Tommy John surgery.