GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brett Pill's chances of making the Giants' opening day roster took a hit Wednesday when it was determined he'll require surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear.
The 28-year-old infielder, who was hitting .259 this spring with two homers and seven RBIs, will undergo the arthroscopic procedure Thursday in San Francisco and will be sidelined for at least three weeks.
Pill, who has been experiencing knee pain for the past few weeks, was a contender for a utility role with the Giants as a first baseman, left fielder and pinch-hitter.
"He did it earlier in the spring," manager Bruce Bochy said of the injury. "He had a little tear, and he was going to try to play through it. (Tuesday) night I talked to him, because I wanted to put him in left field and he said he wanted to go. But it swelled up during the night, so we made the decision to get this done and clean it out."
Pill, who split time between Triple-A Fresno and the majors last year, hit .210 in 48 games with the Giants. He was not on the postseason roster.
Monell, a 27-year-old catcher from the Bronx, N.Y., has spent the past two seasons at Double-A Richmond, but he is 9 for 15 this spring. He hit a home run in Tuesday night's game.
With No. 2 catcher Hector Sanchez slowed by shoulder and calf injuries and no obvious No. 3 candidate in camp, Monell may be pushing to enter the discussion.
"He's doing what you want these young guys to do," Bochy said. "He's drawing attention to himself. I'd like to get him behind the plate a little bit more. When you swing the bat the way he's swinging, you force the issue a little bit. It's a rare commodity to have a good-hitting left-handed catcher, and he could be coming into his own right now."
Monell hit .257 last year at Richmond with 27 doubles, 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 108 games. He threw out 23 of 68 base-stealers. He was the Giants' 30th-round selection in the 2007 amateur draft.
"The first inning and the last inning my timing felt pretty good, and the two middle innings it was kind of hit-or-miss," Zito said. "So I still have some work to do."
Noting that there are more than 60,000 Dutch in the Bay Area, Meulens was stumping for fan support in next Monday's semi against an as-yet undetermined opponent.
Meulens, a native of the Dutch constituent country Curacao, said, "We're showing the world what kind of talent we have. It's unknown, basically, but we've managed to put away some pretty good teams, and it's not done yet."
The Netherlands beat Cuba twice, as well as South Korea and Australia, to reach the semis. On Wednesday, the Dutch added Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers -- regarded as baseball's top prospect -- to their roster.