Sore shoulder to sideline Blanco briefly

Sore shoulder to sideline Blanco briefly

Sore shoulder to sideline Blanco briefly
PHOENIX -- Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco said Sunday that he'll probably miss at least two games due to soreness in his left shoulder that mysteriously developed.

Blanco related that he began feeling discomfort in the shoulder during Saturday night's eighth inning. He underwent no tests but was examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki. The 28-year-old didn't seem too concerned about his condition.

"I'll do some exercises and get it back together," said Blanco, who started San Francisco's previous seven games -- six in left field and one in center.

Justin Christian, who received his ninth start of the season, replaced Blanco in left field Sunday. An obvious alternative would have been Xavier Nady, but the condition of his left hamstring left Giants manager Bruce Bochy feeling leery.

"Nady's real close," Bochy said. "He's not quite 100 percent and I think we'd be putting him at some risk by starting him."