SAN FRANCISCO –- The Giants remain mum on who will start Tuesday’s game in place of injured right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, but manager Bruce Bochy expects a decision Sunday.
“We probably have to get it nailed down by tomorrow,” Bochy said before Saturday’s matinee against the Colorado Rockies.
Bochy added that he’s talked to reliever Chad Gaudin just to brief him on the situation, but he didn’t reveal whether he told Gaudin to prepare himself for a potential start. The right-hander has 75 major league starts on his resume, but the Giants value his versatility in the bullpen.
He can be used in short or long relief, and that might dissuade team officials from wanting to plug him into the rotation to replace Vogelsong, who will miss several weeks with a fractured throwing hand.
Factor in that the Giants are already without right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla, who might undergo surgery on his right knee, and they may be even more inclined not to move Gaudin into a starting role.
“Chad is so valuable, from early to late relief,” Bochy said. “You’re taking a veteran guy out of your bullpen when you’ve got one that’s down already. That’s another element in the decision-making.”
The Giants could call up a pitcher from the minors to pitch Tuesday in Oakland against the A’s. Mike Kickham and Shane Loux are the two most-talked about candidates for a promotion. Bochy also mentioned the option of using a combination of relievers to handle that game.
Casilla is getting multiple medical opinions before deciding whether to have surgery on his right knee. He has a cyst in the knee that forced him to the disabled list Tuesday. Surgery would sideline him about four weeks should he go that route. Were Casilla to rehab without surgery, he would still miss a minimum of two more weeks.
Because the Giants were off Thursday, they were able to push Vogelsong’s turn in the rotation back to Tuesday. That means Matt Cain starts Sunday’s series finale against Colorado – on his regular five-day turn -- instead of getting an extra day of rest.
Cain won his only other start against the Rockies this season despite giving up six runs over 6 1/3 innings at Coors Field.