Giants eyeing Friday for Beltran's return

Giants eyeing Friday for Beltran's return

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Beltran was out of the Giants starting lineup for the third straight day with a strained right wrist, but manager Bruce Bochy remained optimistic Beltran would be ready to go Friday in Florida.

Acquired at the non-waiver Trade Deadline to boost San Francisco's weak-hitting lineup, Beltran has played in 11 games, batting .244 with a double, two triples and two RBIs. He felt his wrist flare up in his final at-bat Sunday, leaving the game early. He has continued to undergo treatment throughout the Giants' three-game series against the Pirates at AT&T Park, but the club has been cautious in order to avoid risking further injuries.

"We're still hopeful that Friday will be a good day to get him going again. He's making improvement," Bochy said. "I talked to him a little bit this morning, and he said it's getting better. With the day off and the treatment he's getting today, he's going to be OK to go."

If Beltran hasn't improved by Friday, however, a trip to the disabled list could become an option -- something Bochy hoped to avoid.

"I would certainly hope not. We don't think so. We're going to do what we can not to let that happen," Bochy said. "But again, Friday when we'll check on him and evaluate him, that will help that decision."