Giants give Hicks rest, start Adrianza

Giants give Hicks rest, start Adrianza

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy figured that Tuesday was as timely an opportunity as any to rest second baseman Brandon Hicks, who has endured a mini-batting slump recently.

"I've been thinking about this for two or three days," Bochy said.

A non-roster invitee to Spring Training who made the Opening Day roster, Hicks has been a pleasant surprise while amassing eight home runs and 20 RBIs, besides contributing solid defense. But he's in a 1-for-18 skid, punctuated by 10 hitless at-bats entering Tuesday.

"Guys need an occasional break," Bochy said, indicating that he might have considered Hicks in need of a rest after starting 19 consecutive games.

Ehire Adrianza received his sixth start of the year at second base and eighth overall.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.