LOS ANGELES -- Gregor Blanco will remain the Giants' regular center fielder for possibly the rest of the season, due to Angel Pagan's left hamstring injury that required surgery Tuesday. But Blanco refuses to take his status for granted.
"I'm just trying to help the team every day," Blanco said Tuesday. "I'm not going to worry about my playing time. I'm just going to worry about helping my teammates win ballgames. If the manager puts me in every day, I'll be ready. If he doesn't, I'll be ready, too. I'm just enjoying every single game I get to play with these guys."
Though Blanco has ably filled Pagan's role, Giants general manager Brian Sabean pointed out that the club is weakened overall. If Pagan were healthy, Blanco likely would be receiving the bulk of the playing time in left field, Andres Torres would be a fourth outfielder and the Giants would possess more depth.
Nevertheless, Sabean praised Blanco's performance. Blanco entered Tuesday ranked sixth in on-base percentage (.354) among National League center fielders with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. Sabean also cited contemporary metrics such as zone rating and runs saved to quantify Blanco's success.
"I think he's done a hell of a job," Sabean said.
Gaudin thinks time on disabled list will be short
LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Chad Gaudin, the Giants' latest addition to the 15-day disabled list, believes that he'll be able to rejoin the pitching staff on schedule -- July 6, during a home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I feel better every day," said Gaudin, who sustained a bruise on his throwing elbow when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Miami's Derek Dietrich. Gaudin played catch again Tuesday, continuing a steady regimen of throwing.
Gaudin's assignment to the DL on Monday interrupted his four-game stay in the starting rotation as Ryan Vogelsong's replacement. But he refused to curse his fate.
"Things happen," said Gaudin, who's 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA overall, including 2-0, 3.38 as a starter. "You have to deal with them. The only thing you can control is your attitude."
In other injury-related news, manager Bruce Bochy said that infielder Joaquin Arias (strained left hamstring) won't play for the rest of the Dodgers series but should be fit to return this weekend at Colorado. Arias injured himself while running the bases in Monday's second inning.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.