"It's going to keep him fresh, giving him a break now and then," Bochy said.Matchups also spurred the move. Rowand entered Sunday hitless in 10 career at-bats against Padres right-hander Chris Young. By contrast, Velez was 4-for-7 off Young. Bochy dismissed concerns about possibly downgrading the defense by inserting Velez.
"I thought he played a good center field this spring," Bochy said. "He's much more comfortable."Bochy said he felt compelled to give more playing time to Uribe, who had been limited to two pinch-hitting appearances. Moreover, Bochy indicated that resting Renteria might prevent a recurrence of the right elbow tendinitis that bothered the 33-year-old toward the end of Spring Training. With Renteria out, second baseman Emmanuel Burriss rose from eighth to second in the batting order.
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