SAN FRANCISCO -- It's amazing how a walk-off sacrifice fly can make Juan Uribe's inflamed left wrist feel better.
One day after entering as a ninth-inning defensive replacement, making a spectacular play at shortstop before driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame, Uribe was back in the starting lineup Thursday, playing shortstop and hitting seventh in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
"I did talk to Juan earlier. He says it feels a lot better," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He said that after batting practice [Wednesday]. He's good to go, and that's why he's in there. [His wrist is] much improved, and that's good news for us."
Also making his return to the starting lineup was Andres Torres, who assumed his regular role as the leadoff hitter and center fielder. Torres didn't start the past two games, but he did play in both. In Game 3, he grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and he entered Game 4 as part of a double switch in the fifth inning.
Torres finished 1-for-2 with a walk in Game 4.