Morse scratched with discomfort in left foot

Morse scratched with discomfort in left foot

ST. LOUIS -- Lingering discomfort in first baseman Michael Morse's left foot forced the Giants to scratch him from Sunday's starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals and replace him with Joaquin Arias.

The switch made a considerable impact on the Giants' 8-0 victory.

Arias, who entered the game batting .138 with two RBIs, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. His first-inning single, which drove in two runs, was his first hit since May 9 and ended an 0-for-14 skid.

Morse, who leads the Giants with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .574 slugging percentage, fouled a pitch off his foot during Saturday's 2-0 loss to St. Louis. He had started all but four of San Francisco's games.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Morse's injury wasn't serious and expected the slugger to start Tuesday night's series opener at Cincinnati in left field, which requires less footwork than first base. Bochy added that Buster Posey likely will play first base, with Hector Sanchez catching.

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