San Francisco Giants notes: Joaquin Arias called up to replace … Aubrey Huff?

In a move anticipated Tuesday, the Giants purchased the contract of infielder Joaquin Arias from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

Arias arrived in Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon, but no corresponding move was announced.

Arias was pulled out of Fresno’s game Tuesday in Tacoma.

The Giants have been playing shorthanded this entire road trip. Infielder Ryan Theriot missed games Friday and Saturday with a stomach bug. He still says he feels a little weak.

After a rainout Sunday, Aubrey Huff left the team Monday for an undisclosed family emergency. Huff flew to Florida Monday, where he has an offseason home is in Tampa.

It is expected that Huff will be placed on the restricted list or bereavement list. The difference being that the bereavement list is for players missing three to seven games dealing with a family emergency, and it is a paid leave. Players place on the restricted list are for players who will be out an indefinite period and it is unpaid.

Arias had a solid spring, and impressed the Giants with his defensive abilities. He was one of the final cuts before the opening day roster was set. Arias was second on the Fresno Grizzlies with .400 average (28 for 70) with five doubles, 2 home runs and 17 RBI in 18 games.

WEDNESDAY’S LINEUP: Manager Bruce Bochy is keeping Buster Posey’s hot bat in the lineup, even with Hector Sanchez getting the start at catcher as Barry Zito’s personal catcher. Here’s the lineup

  1. CF Angel Pagan
  2. LF Melky Cabrera
  3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
  4. 1B Buster Posey
  5. C Hector Sanchez
  6. RF Nate Schierholtz
  7. 2B Emmanuel Burriss
  8. SS Brandon Crawford
  9. P Barry Zito

The good news is that Crawford’s elbow, which he hyper-extended in a fall while attempting to turn a double play Tuesday, is fine. The bad news is that it means no Brandon Belt.

FREDDY SANCHEZ UPDATE: Freddy Sanchez is 3 for 7 with 3 RBI in two games as a DH for the Class A San Jose Giants. Sanchez is expected to make his first start at second base on Wednesday.

RAINOUT RAMIFICATIONS: Sunday’s rainout and subsequent doubleheader on Monday will force the Giants to find a spot starter Friday at home against the Padres.

The Giants could make it a bullpen game by giving the start to Clay Hensley or Guillermo Mota. Hensley started nine games last season for the Marlins. That decision depends on how much the bullpen gets taxed during the final two games in Cincinnati.

The other option is to call up a pitcher from Fresno.

The two options are Brian Burres, who pitched Saturday for Fresno and is not slated to pitch again until Friday, or Eric Hacker, who pitched Sunday.

Burres is 1-1 with 3.38 ERA in four starts. He has 15 strikeouts and 7 walks in 24 IP.

Hacker is 4-0 with 2.19 ERA in four starts. He has 16 strikeouts and 6 walks in 24.2 IP.

A spot on the 25-man roster would need to be opened to call up either pitcher. That would likely mean sending Dan Otero down.

Also, the Giants would need to open a spot on the 40-man roster, which could be accomplished by moving Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.


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