Alexi Amarista, who left Monday's 7-1 loss to the Giants with a jammed left thumb, was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. However, his thumb felt well enough that it didn't require an MRI. Amarista hurt his thumb sliding headfirst while stealing second base in the fifth inning. He injured the thumb when his left hand first hit the ground. "He's doing fine. ... We think we dodged a bullet there," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's doing much better." Giants: Panda injured at first base
Trying to help regular starters first baseman Brandon Belt and right fielder Gregor Blanco break out of their slumps, Giants manager Bruce Bochy shifted Pablo Sandoval from third base to first and started Nate Schierholtz at right field for the second straight night on Tuesday. However, Sandoval had to leave the game in the third inning after injuring his left hamstring while stretching to complete a double play at first base. Worth noting
The Padres announced their rotation for the three-game series in Miami beginning Friday. Kip Wells will start the opener, Ross Ohlendorf on Saturday and Clayton Richard on Sunday. Giants catcher Buster Posey is batting .467 (21-for-45) with five doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs in his past 12 games.