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Giants place Alex Cobb on IL and receive positive news from LaMonte Wade Jr.

SAN FRANCISCO — The day off after a three-city trip was desperately needed, but there was no rest for the people who made the Giants roster daily.

The Giants have gone home and made moves involving four players, and, as always, more are on the way. Right-hander Alex Cobb went to the IL with a sprained neck and was replaced by left-hander Sam Long, a contender to win innings Thursday when Cobb was supposed to start. Darin Ruf returned from the mourners list and infielder Jason Vosler was dropped to Triple-A to clear a spot.

What was remarkable was the movement that was not made. The Giants had originally hoped to get Brandon Belt back early in the road trip, but Belt is still not ready after having his knee drained and receiving a cortisone injection. Tuesday will be his 15th missed game and there is no specific timeline for his return, although he has been playing catch and doing some court drills ahead of the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.

“I still have a few boxes to check,” Belt said.

If Belt is able to return this week, another key southpaw bat might not be far behind. LaMonte Wade Jr. gets the final of a series of lubricating injections into his inflamed left knee and will likely begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Sacramento. Manager Gabe Kapler says Wade’s progress in recent days has been the best development among the injured Giants.

“He really picked up speed quickly,” Kapler said.

Wade, who has only played 10 games this season, took part in pre-game practice and was bouncing back like someone who should be back to normal once his rehab stint is over. Here are some more injury updates as the Giants finally return home:

— Cobb had back pain in Miami and also hamstring pain, but Kapler said a CT scan ruled out any serious issues. As Cobb moved past these issues and prepared to make his next start, his neck stiffened. Kapler said it was “possible” that Cobb would return to Pittsburgh at the start of the next trip, which would mean at least two more skipped starts.

“We’re going to push towards that and if we have to adjust, we will,” Kapler said.

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For now, it looks like the Giants will go with bullpen plays in this rotational location.

— Matthew Boyd has been in IL for 60 days all year while recovering from elbow surgery, but his rehabilitation is going according to plan and he will soon be moving on to the next steps. Boyd is potentially only one bullpen session away from facing batters, and after that he could be ready for a rehab assignment. The veteran southpaw would give the Giants another rotation option.

— Steven Duggar began a rehab assignment with the River Cats last week and has eight at bats so far. There’s no rush on this one; Duggar (oblique) is on the 60-day IL, so he’s not eligible to return until June 21.

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