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SAN DIEGO -- Hunter Strickland was placed on the paternity list Friday and will miss the series against the San Diego Padres. Strickland and his wife, Shelley, are expecting their first child, a daughter they plan to name Kinsey Rae.

To fill Strickland's spot in the bullpen, the Giants recalled left-hander Steven Okert from Triple-A Sacramento. Okert had a big spring, but was optioned because the Giants wanted to keep both Neil Ramirez and Cory Gearrin. He gives the Giants a second lefty in the bullpen, at least temporarily.

Strickland got five outs Thursday before flying back to the Bay Area to meet his wife. He is expected to return to the team Monday.