SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants list their starter for Sunday’s game at Arizona as “TBA”, and manager Bruce Bochy said it’s very possible Chad Gaudin makes his second start that day with Tim Lincecum possibly being pushed back to next Tuesday.
“How we use the bullpen here in the next few days” will determine that, Bochy said before Tuesday’s game against Toronto . “To be honest, more than likely, TBA (means) it’s gonna be Gaudin. But we also know how valuable he is in the bullpen. If something happens, we will use him.”
Gaudin pitched six strong innings in a spot start to beat St. Louis last Sunday, a desperately needed effort for a rotation that has taken its lumps most of this season. With days off Thursday and Monday, the Giants can shuffle their rotation around a bit.
Linecum, who starts tonight against Toronto, would be on his normal four days’ rest for Sunday against the Diamondbacks, but getting extra rest for any or all of San Francisco’s starters isn’t a bad idea given their struggles as a group and the innings they’ve accumulated over the past couple of years.
Lincecum was available for emergency bullpen help last Sunday in the event Gaudin struggled.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing three games with a strained left foot. Center fielder Angel Pagan remained out for a 9th straight game with a strained left hamstring and bursitis.
Bochy said the potential for Pagan to be used off the bench in a pinch-hitting role is one reason the team has refrained from putting him on the disabled list.
“With Pablo back , if (Pagan) can pinch hit, that’s going to work and help buy us time until he is able to go out there and run around and play center field,” Bochy said.
Gregor Blanco once again played center and hit leadoff.
Bochy was late to his pregame media session because he was watching video of Matt Cain’s poor start Saturday against St. Louis , searching for clues to the right-hander’s struggles. Cain sat in for some of the video session.
--The first All-Star fan voting results were released Tuesday, with catcher Buster Posey and Sandoval narrowly leading their respective positions. MLB official Katy Feeney was at AT&T Park on Tuesday and met with Bochy – the N.L. manager for the game – and other Giants officials to discuss details for the July 16 game in New York .