SAN FRANCISCO -- Francisco Peguero received a welcome surprise Saturday when Giants manager Bruce Bochy installed him in the lineup, batting sixth and playing left field.
Andres Torres was the original starter in left, but Bochy exercised his executive privilege and switched to Peguero. Bochy figured that with left-hander Paul Maholm starting for Atlanta, this would be an opportune time to assign the right-handed-batting Peguero his fourth start since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno on May 3.
The switch-hitting Torres also would have given Maholm another right-handed bat to face. But Torres entered the game hitting .143 (2-for-14) lifetime against Maholm.
Bochy, who strives to keep each player sharp, sensed that Peguero needed some activity.
"He's done a good job in the outfield," Bochy said of the 24-year-old rookie. "It's tough for these kids that are used to playing every day to come up here and do a role or play once every four or five days. It's a big adjustment for them. I like how he's coming in every day, working and staying ready."
Sandoval OK after pitch hits right wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- No fractures were found on the right wrist of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who underwent X-rays after being struck by a Paul Maholm pitch during the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
"He's going to be a little sore," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, who rushed onto the field with head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner to tend to Sandoval. "I'll check him out [Sunday] and see if he's available. I'm a little concerned, obviously, when you get hit there."
Sandoval remained in the game but left as part of a double-switch after grounding out in the seventh inning. Following San Francisco's 10-1 victory over Atlanta, Sandoval told Spanish-speaking reporter Manolo Hernandez-Douen that he felt fine.
Sandoval, who missed 99 games in the previous two seasons, has appeared in 36 of San Francisco's 37 games so far. He's batting .375 (21-for-56) with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last 14 games, hiking his overall average to .315.
Posey now finding fences at home park
SAN FRANCISCO -- The sample size is small, but the difference is dramatic. AT&T Park no longer appears to stifle Buster Posey's power.
Entering Saturday, Posey had hit four of of his five homers at AT&T Park. By contrast, he collected 17 of his 24 homers on the road last year.
Posey derived no great significance from the altered ratios.
"I don't think there's anything to it," he said.
However, he welcomed the simple fact that he has succeeded in reaching the left-field seats at a more frequent rate.
"Obviously, this is not always a home run-friendly park," he said.
Due to the fickle nature of the breezes swirling around the park, Posey said that he refrains from getting too excited when he sees the flags blowing toward the bay, suggesting that the wind is blowing out.
"It's hard to tell here," Posey said. "You can hit one ball one night and it goes out, and the next night, the wind holds it up."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.