Carlos Beltran, the most sought-after impact bat of this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, will reportedly make his Giants debut in Thursday's series finale against the Phillies. San Francisco acquired Beltran on Wednesday from the Mets in exchange for No. 1 pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Beltran will play right field and immediately move into the middle of a lineup that sorely needed a bat.
"Our offense has been inconsistent and we need some help," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "There was a little sense of urgency to see if we could do something to help this offense get going."
Bochy said he's excited to add a player of Beltran's caliber.
"He's a complete player," Bochy said. "Carlos has all the tools that you look for in a player."
Trying to spoil Beltran's Giants debut and win the series for the Phillies is right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Five of Kendrick's last seven appearances have come as a starter, with him going 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in that role.
Giants: Lincecum ready for action
The Giants announced Thursday morning that Tim Lincecum, sufficiently recovered from food poisoning, will start Thursday night's series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.
If Lincecum is unable to go, right-hander Ryan Vogelsong likely will start. Vogelsong, one of the feel-good stories of the 2011 baseball season, was released by the Phillies on July 15 of last year.
Starter Matt Cain earned his first regular-season win against the Phillies on Wednesday. The right-hander entered the game 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in five starts against Philadelphia. He now has beaten every NL team.
Phillies: Next to make a move?
With the Giants landing Beltran, it's the rest of baseball's turn to make a move, including the Phillies. Like the Giants, Philadelphia is looking to add an impact right-handed bat. The Phillies have been linked to Houston's Hunter Pence and White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin, but special assistant Pat Gillick admitted Wednesday the Phillies "might have to up the ante because there's one less guy out there."
While manager Charlie Manuel would like to add another piece, he said he would be OK if it doesn't happen.
"I feel very comfortable playing with what we've got in some ways," Manuel said. "We've been real, real fortunate in that we've plugged players in and they've helped us win. ... But at the same time, if we turn you loose and let you go, that would be the only way to tell how good you're going to be."
Chase Utley's inside-the-park home run Tuesday was the third of his career, tying him with Bobby Abreu, Carl Crawford, David DeJesus and Jimmy Rollins for the most among active players.
First baseman Ryan Howard has 10 or more career home runs against 11 of the 15 other NL teams, including the Giants.
Howard needs three hits to reach 1,000 for his career.
San Francisco's bullpen has posted a 0.59 second-half ERA.
The next home victory by a Phillies starter will be their 50th of the year at Citizens Bank Park.