WSH@SF: Vogelsong breaks hand, exits game in fifth

ATLANTA -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong's recovery from his fractured right pinkie could accelerate Tuesday, when he expects removal of two of the five pins holding his hand together.

"I'm hoping the other ones aren't far off," said Vogelsong, who was injured May 20 when he was hit by a pitch from Washington's Craig Stammen.

Vogelsong, San Francisco's No. 5 starter, was examined earlier in the week when the team was in Pittsburgh. Doctors found that the pins kept the structure of Vogelsong's finger properly aligned, as was intended.

"Everything looks good," he said.

Once all the pins are removed, Vogelsong can begin working toward a throwing program. He's expected to be sidelined until late July or August.

Scutaro tries out finger with batting practice

SF@PIT: Scutaro hit by pitch and forced to leave game

ATLANTA -- Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro tested his injured left pinkie by taking batting practice before Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Asked afterward how he felt, Scutaro flattened a palm and wiggled it in the universal sign meaning "more or less" or "so-so."

Scutaro, San Francisco's leading hitter with a .332 average, didn't back off when he was in the cage. He hit several line drives, including one off the right-field wall.

Scutaro, who hasn't played since he was hit on his left hand by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Tony Watson last Tuesday, wore a removable flap to protect his finger while he hit. He's expected to be fitted for a customized orthotic device in San Francisco next week.

Posey's time at first base expected to increase

SF@ATL: Posey collects career-high three doubles

ATLANTA -- Buster Posey started only his fourth game at first base Saturday, though he's likely to find himself at that spot more frequently in coming weeks.

Manager Bruce Bochy has used Posey at first base to keep his bat in the lineup while sparing him from the physical rigors of catching. Posey played first at a more frequent rate last year, starting 29 games there. Bochy explained that the number of scheduled off-days -- three in April and May, and four in June with one more remaining -- have provided built-in rests for Posey.

But the nature of San Francisco's schedule is in the midst of changing. The Giants launched a stretch of 33 games in 34 days on June 11. From July 30 through Aug. 28, they'll play 29 times in 30 days, barring rainouts.

"I think you'll see him go to first more, now that we have more stretches without days off," Bochy said.

In another Posey-related development, the Elias Sports Bureau discovered that his three-double performance in Friday's series opener made him the first Giant to amass three extra-base hits on two-strike counts since Barry Bonds did so on June 16, 2000 at Houston. It also marked Posey's first time to amass that many extra-base hits in a game.