Right fielder Carlos Beltran struggled through poor performance and a difficult injury upon being dealt to the Giants at the Trade Deadline, but he has shown his true value lately. Since coming off the disabled list, Beltran has gone 20-for-47. In four games this month, the switch-hitting All-Star is batting 11-for-15 with two doubles, two triples, a home run and six RBIs while recording two walks and no strikeouts. Making his Major League debut, Pill drilled a two-run homer in his first at-bat Tuesday night, becoming the first Giants player to do so since Will Clark in 1986. Pill hit .312 with 25 home runs and 107 RBIs in 133 games for Triple-A Fresno this season. Padres: Headley gets some good news
Third baseman Chase Headley visited a hand specialist Tuesday and learned he could start swinging a bat this weekend, even if it's only off a tee or playing flip in the batting cage. Headley hasn't taken a swing in a game since Aug. 6 due to a fractured left little finger that put him on the disabled list two days later. While there is still no timetable set for when Headley can take batting practice or get back into a game, the revelation was certainly good news. "It's going in the right direction," Headley said. "It feels like it's been months." The Padres added right-handed reliever Erik Hamren to their roster from Triple-A Tuscon on Tuesday. Hamren is the 33rd player on the active roster and yet another rookie the club will look at during the season's final three weeks. Worth noting
With the right-handed Harang set to take the mound, expect Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval to be back in the lineup. The switch-hitting Sandoval was limited to substitute duties Tuesday due to a lingering shoulder injury that affects his right-handed swing, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 12, Padres catcher Nick Hundley is batting .391 (27-for-69) with six doubles, four triples, four homers and nine RBIs, scoring 13 runs over that span.