SAN DIEGO – Matt Cain came out of his 90-pitch bullpen sessions with no issues and is officially a go to return to the rotation on Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Barry Zito, then is headed back to the bullpen.
This doesn’t mean the end for Zito. The Giants could use a six-man rotation a turn or two over the next four weeks as the club tries to save some bullets while still putting up their best effort to win and escape last place in the NL West.
But if Zito gets another start, it figures to come at home. Nobody here is interested in seeing Zito on the road again.
For the most part, Bochy plans to play his regulars in September but he’s missing three of them in Wednesday’s lineup at Petco Park. Buster Posey’s right ring finger is sore one day after half the nail separated from the nail bed when he was struck by a bounced pitch. Angel Pagan is getting a routine day off as the Giants ease him back after missing three months to hamstring surgery.
And Marco Scutaro is taking his second consecutive day off. Bochy acknowledged what has become obvious: Scutaro, 37, needs regular time off to be effective. The club doesn’t just need a bench player who can soak up some starts at second base. They’ll need to have someone on the roster who they could feel good about starting 50 times, if necessary.
Bochy and the coaching staff, including GM Brian Sabean, talked deep into the night about the lack of clutch hitting and what can be done to fix a recurring problem. For my take on that, check out my postgame story from after Tuesday night’s loss.
And if all this sounds depressing, well, you’ve got Tim Lincecum about to take the mound at Petco Park. That’s a reason to watch, isn’t it? Maybe Posey’s finger will feel good enough to administer another Buster Hug.