CHICAGO -- The Giants will add six players Saturday when rosters expand for the remainder of the regular season. Outfielder Xavier Nady, first baseman Brett Pill and right-hander Jean Machi will be brought up, and Brad Penny (shoulder), Shane Loux (neck) and Aubrey Huff (knee) will be activated off the disabled list.
Nady figures to see the most playing time and provides a right-handed-hitting option in left field. The veteran signed a minor league deal in early August and was hitting just .118 after his first 10 games for Triple-A Fresno. But since August 17, Nady is hitting .364 with four homers and 10 RBIs. Nady has a .271 career average in the majors with 100 homers, and has played for manager Bruce Bochy in the past.
Bochy said Nady could start in left field as soon as Saturday.
Pill made the big league club out of spring training but was optioned to Triple-A on June 8. He was recalled at the end of July but was sent down again two weeks later. In 106 plate appearances with the Giants this season, Pill is hitting .222 with four homers and 11 RBIs. He has 11 homers and an OPS of .836 in his 60 games with Fresno.
Machi impressed the Giants in spring training and has a 3.97 ERA and 15 saves for the Grizzlies.
Veterans Penny (6.86 ERA) and Loux (5.66) should provide right-handed depth in a bullpen that nearly ran out of pitchers Wednesday night in Houston.
Huff has been on the disabled list three times this season, including a current 30-game stint because of a right knee sprain. Huff is hitting just .148 and is expected to see time as a pinch-hitter.
Bochy has lacked options on the bench for much of the season's second half, making Nady and Pill good bets to see some action right away.
Freddy Sanchez was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. The Giants have to make one more move on Saturday to clear a 40-man roster spot.