Giants set to face Puig-less Dodgers 

click to enlarge Tim Lincecum, who was supposed to start for the Giants on Sunday against the Rockies, will start Monday on the road against the Dodgers following Sunday's rainout. - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Tim Lincecum, who was supposed to start for the Giants on Sunday against the Rockies, will start Monday on the road against the Dodgers following Sunday's rainout.
DENVER — The Giants were rained out of their series finale against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, but the day wasn’t lost entirely.

The team headed to Los Angeles for a three-game series against the rival Dodgers with some fresh arms after a rare open date.

“Sure, we would have liked to have gotten this one in,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Doubleheaders put more pressure on your pitching staff. We are in a stretch now where we don’t get much time off.”

A makeup date has yet to be determined. The Giants return to Denver on May 22-24 for a three-game series, then again for four games Sept. 3-6.

Bochy said the tentative plan was to start right-hander Tim Lincecum (1-1) in the opener tonight against the Dodgers, but he reserved the right to change his mind after consultation with his coaches.

In that case, Madison Bumgarner would have his start pushed back one day to Tuesday. That would set up in a rematch against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The two left-handers faced one another at AT&T Park six days earlier in the first matchup of pitchers who were league MVP (Kershaw) and World Series MVP (Bumgarner).

Meanwhile, right-hander Matt Cain is scheduled to play catch Tuesday, the next step in his rehabilitation of a flexor tendon strain.

The time may be right or the Giants to visit Southern California, as the first-place Dodgers put outfielder Yasiel Puig (tight left hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list before their game against the Padres in San Diego. It marked the first time that Puig had been on the disabled list in his three-year career.

Puig aggravated the injury trying to beat out a ground ball to third base Friday. He first injured his hamstring on April 13 and had been in and out of the lineup since then. Puig tried to test the injury by running on the field and hitting in the indoor batting cage.

“I think he’s disappointed because he thinks he’s going to be ready to play in four or five days,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s the tough part. Being ready to play and being 100 percent are different. Yasiel plays at one speed. I think we see that. There’s no real putting the governor on him. He’s just going to play at that speed. It’s tough for him to say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to back off.’ That’s where you’ve got to protect him from himself.”

Puig has a .279 batting average and two home runs this season. He will be replaced in right field most days by veteran Andre Ethier, who is off to a hot start with a .353 batting average and five extra-base hits in 34 at-bats.

The Dodgers also put veteran reliever Joel Peralta on the disabled list because of a dead arm, the result of a sore upper back. Carlos Frias was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Frias will be in the bullpen for a day or two at least. He also is a candidate to replace Brandon McCarthy in the rotation later in the week. McCarthy left his last start with pain in his right elbow. He has an MRI and doctor’s examinations scheduled for today.

Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is already on the DL because of a left shoulder injury. Ryu threw his first bullpen session since he injured the arm in spring training and said the session went well, but he is at least three weeks away from a return to the mound.

Sunday’s bad weather in Denver ruined the return of Bill Swift, Larry Walker, Dante Bichette and the rest of the 1995 Rockies team who showed up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Coors Field’s opening. Swift was warmed up and ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, one that he never got a chance to deliver.

The game was scrubbed about two hours before the scheduled start.

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