Monday's news that Ryan Vogelsong will return to the Giants' rotation and start Friday against the Orioles made him reminisce about his long journey away from the big leagues - four years of failures and rejections - and further appreciate his time in the majors.

"It kind of makes you remember what it took to get you here in the first place" Vogelsong said after rehabbing his broken right hand and making one rehab start in rookie ball one in Class A and two in Double-A.

"Not that I ever forget what I went through. Sometimes those harsh reminders stick in your mind. That's definitely what this process has been for me. I've never taken this game for granted and it just reminded me you can't take a day in the big leagues for granted."

Speaking of taking the game for granted the Vogelsong news came on the day 13 players received suspensions for their links to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing-drug scandal.

"I don't really have thoughts about other people right now" Vogelsong said. "I just know from my standpoint it would be something that would be very hard to do. Knowing that you cheated. Me personally it would be a question of was it really me? Or was it the help I got that made me have my success? I just know how I'd feel. If it was me I'd have a hard time looking in the mirror."

He has no trouble looking in the mirror now?

"Not at all" he said.