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Uribe, Rowand doing fine

Uribe, Rowand doing fine

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Juan Uribe looked good Monday as he pumped home runs into the left-field seats during early batting practice, but the Giants infielder remains bothered by tightness in his right elbow and likely won't be able to play defensively until Wednesday.

Throwing continues to bother Uribe, who planned to continue resting his arm Monday and Tuesday. He began feeling discomfort in the elbow Saturday, when he played two innings before leaving the game.

Uribe, who owns a .310 batting average and a team-high 11 RBIs, remained available to pinch-hit.

Meanwhile, center fielder Aaron Rowand remained on course to return from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the first day he's eligible for activation. Rowand, who sustained bone fractures around his left cheek and eye when he was hit by a pitch from the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla, has been participating fully in baseball-related activities.

"He's driving us all nuts," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He added in a more serious vein, "We miss him. We're having a tough time in that leadoff spot."

Rowand took a .304 batting average to the sidelines while hitting exclusively leadoff. Since his departure, Giants leadoff hitters had compiled a .182 average (6-for-33) entering Monday.

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