Durham rests sore shoulder

Durham rests sore shoulder

LOS ANGELES -- As expected, a sore left shoulder forced Giants second baseman Ray Durham out of Wednesday night's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Eugenio Velez, who led all Major Leaguers with 16 stolen bases during Spring Training and went 2-for-2 as a pinch-hitter in the first two games against the Dodgers, replaced Durham and batted leadoff.

Durham was injured during Tuesday night's eighth inning, when Los Angeles' James Loney slid hard into second base to break up a double play. Durham landed hard on his shoulder.

"He didn't do anything cheap," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Loney, declaring the slide a clean one.

Durham was anchored on the bag more than he normally might have been, since he had to remain stationary to take third baseman Jose Castillo's one-hop throw.

"He was left a little bit vulnerable there," Bochy said.

Durham also was bothered by a tight left hamstring toward the end of Spring Training, which might have accounted for his apparent struggles to move laterally during the season's first two games. Durham, 36, had to dive for several grounders that went for base hits. However, he stole the Giants' first base of the season on Tuesday.

"I think that [hamstring problem] hasn't completely cleared up," Bochy said. "He says he feels fine, but I think that's going to get better once he gets a little rest. Early in the spring, I thought he was moving very well."

Durham did not participate in batting practice on the field Wednesday, but he pinch-hit in the fourth inning. He struck out with runners on second and third with one out.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.