Tim Lincecum or Barry Zito? That was the question on everyone's mind, but Bruce Bochy wasn't ready to announce a Game 4 starter ahead of Sunday's NLCS opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants' manager did confirm that all five members of his rotation would be on the series roster, however, and that both Lincecum and Zito would lace up spikes in case they're needed to pitch in relief during the first two games at AT&T Park. More on that in a bit. In other roster news, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt told Bochy that his jammed thumb had improved and there are no current plans to replace him. The Giants could scale back to 11 pitchers, though, if they decide to replace right-hander Guillermo Mota with a position player – either pinch runner Francisco Peguero or catcher Eli Whiteside, whose presence would free up Bochy to use Hector Sanchez off the bench. The Giants also could merely swap right-handers and stick Jean Machi or Clay Hensley in Mota's spot. And what about Melky Cabrera, who has served all 50 games of his suspension? Was there any talk whatsoever about revisiting the decision to keep him away from the team? "No," Bochy said. "We crossed that bridge. That's over."
Lincecum to begin in bullpen; no revisiting Melky decision
CSN Bay Area | Oct 14