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.
Sanchez good to go after taking foul tip to mask
SAN FRANCISCO -- According to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, Hector Sanchez is available to be used in tonight's game, if needed.
His status was questioned following the latest foul tip to deflect off the catcher, who said concussions are a valid concern following Monday afternoon's game.
In Monday's fifth inning, an 89-mph fastball ricocheted off Nate Schierholtz's bat and drilled the left side of Sanchez's mask.
"He took a pretty good shot," Bochy said. "In fact, when I went out there, I thought I was going to have to take him out then.
"He's good to go right now."
Sanchez said Buster Posey has suggested he try to "get smaller" behind the plate when the bases are empty.
"I tried to do that," Sanchez said. "But I guess the ball followed me. It's something that's happened to me all my career. I had to laugh so I wouldn't cry. But it's tough. There's nothing I can do."
Bochy -- a former catcher -- said he couldn't relate much to Sanchez, since the damage catchers incur now is a more prevalent issue than during Bochy's playing days.
"I didn't really feel it as much as these guys are feeling it now," Bochy said self-deprecatingly. "Now we're so much more conscious of it; we have tests to see if there's any concussion. It's better to be safe than sorry, but I think back to the foul tips I got and I was fortunate that I never had one that gave me a concussion; now you would argue that talking to me."
Cain likely set for return to hill on Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO -- After missing his regularly scheduled start on Monday afternoon with a strained right hamstring, it appears Matt Cain's return is imminent.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Cain will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.
"If all goes well, which we anticipate it going well, then he will be pitching on Saturday," Bochy said.
Cain exited his May 21 outing against Colorado after three innings with the injury.
Cain would face St. Louis's Michael Wacha on Saturday.
Casilla ahead of schedule in recovery
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was first thought that Santiago Casilla's strained right hamstring would cause him to miss four to six weeks. Less than a week after Casilla sustained the injury running to first base in the ninth inning against the Rockies, it appears his return may come sooner, rather than later.
According to manager Bruce Bochy, Casilla "should be on the shorter end of that, the way he's moving around."
Casilla played catch Monday. Bochy said it's possible Casilla returns early, but cautioned against rushing his best setup reliever back too quickly.
"It's a credit to the type of shape he's in; he's bull strong," Bochy said. "He's really religious with his rehab and he's excited about how he feels."
Casilla has a 1.37 ERA in 22 appearances this season.
Pence moving on from stolen scooter
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence tried his best on Tuesday to halt the rising tide of interest in his transportation affairs. But the public's interest in the Giants right fielder and his scooter prompted Pence to address the issue.
Pence, whose beloved motorized scooter was stolen while he dined Sunday at a restaurant on the Embarcadero, ordered a new scooter and arranged to obtain a new motor for his interim scooter so he doesn't have to push off the pavement to propel himself.
"There's more important issues to be covered, like the game," Pence said. "But I'm really grateful for everyone's concern and all the really funny things that have been brought up and the great rewards for the return of the scooter, like ramen noodles for a year."
Pence appeared to have reached a level of peace regarding his purloined scooter. It was adorned with stickers and his bobblehead doll -- which of course depicted him on a scooter.
Said Pence, "The old one has a new home. It's in a better place. I believe that now."
Nevertheless, Pence indicated that he intends to take anti-theft steps once he receives his new wheels.
"There might be a GPS hidden somewhere on this bad boy," he said.
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.