The scoreboard said it was 96 degrees at Oracle Park when the Giants started batting practice on Tuesday. That's hitting weather, but a couple of key bats remain out for manager Bruce Bochy.
Brandon Belt missed the game with a stiff neck, and Buster Posey is not eligible to return from the Injured List until Wednesday. Bochy said Posey, who has a hamstring strain, should start the second game of this series. He took batting practice with the team Tuesday.
"It's not a definite, but it looks good," Bochy said.
The lineup was also without Belt for the start of a two-game series with the Padres. He was sick Sunday but was preparing to pinch-hit late in that game when his neck locked up on him in the cage. That's why Belt never hit in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers, and Bochy said he needs another day to heal. Belt should be available to come off the bench if needed.