Arias lands on DL, Giants recall Noonan 

The bad breaks continue to roll into China Basin.

The Giants placed Joaquin Arias on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after the utility man underwent an emergency appendectomy. The club recalled infielder Nick Noonan from Triple-A Fresno to fill Arias' spot on the 25-man roster.

"Tough news, again," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy said he expects Arias to be out of the lineup for "around two weeks." Typically, recovery from an appendectomy takes three to four weeks.

Arias is hitting .282 in 60 games this year and his injury comes at a time when the Giants could really use his bat in the lineup. Heading into Monday's game, third baseman Pablo Sandoval was 5-for-41 since coming off the disabled list on June 24 and shortstop Brandon Crawford had four hits in his last 34 at-bats.

Noonan drove up from Fresno on Monday to join the team. He is hitting .212 in 48 games with the big club this year, but he was swinging a hot bat in Fresno, hitting .311 in 11 games.

Shuffling the order: Bochy shook up the batting order Monday, moving Brandon Belt into the No. 3 spot ahead of Buster Posey, who's hitting cleanup, and Sandoval, who's in the No. 5 hole. Hunter Pence, entered Monday's game hitless in his past 23 at-bats, shifted to the No. 6 spot.

Since June 1, the Giants are averaging an MLB-worst 3.03 runs per game.

"As much as anything, too, we're just trying to tweak it a little bit, change it up, see if we can do something to get this offense going," Bochy said.

Belt is the only Giants hitter who's hitting the ball consistently right now. He entered Monday's game batting .327 (18-for-55) over his past 17 games.

Belt said he's comfortable batting third and he isn't planning to change his approach at the plate.

"I definitely like hitting in the three hole — it's where I always hit until I got in the big leagues," Belt said. "It's going to be a challenge, but it's going to be fun. Hopefully I get on base and let the guys drive me in."

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