SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants president and chief executive officer Larry Baer sounded as if the key obstacle for the A's to attempt a move to San Jose remains an issue that's tricky to resolve.

When a reporter cited the perception that Major League Baseball is close to deciding whether the Giants will keep or relinquish their authority over the San Jose-area market, Baer said, "Think whatever. This was discussed when Steve Schott owned the team 12 years ago. We know it's been studied and being studied. We're cooperating."

Baer replied "not necessarily" when asked whether the Giants and A's are proceeding with negotiations for a settlement. Asked to elaborate, Baer declined.

"I'm going to be respectful of the process here," he said. "You know, I think that's really important. The game is bigger than any internal machinations."

Vogelsong ready for next step in recovery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who has been sidelined by a strained back, said Saturday that he'll try playing catch on flat ground on Monday.

Manager Bruce Bochy initially said that Vogelsong, the club's No. 4 starting pitcher, would try throwing Sunday. But the Giants' staff deliberated the issue further and chose a cautious approach.

"I think it's one of those deals where I'm ready to throw, so let's take one more day [to rest]," Vogelsong said.

Addressing Bochy's estimate that Vogelsong might be ready to throw off a mound in about a week, the 2011 All-Star said, "If everything goes well, I couldn't foresee it taking too long."

Worth noting

• Continuing to put his health issues farther behind him, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum threw freely off a bullpen mound for the second time since lower-back stiffness forced him to skip a throwing session. "We'll still be cautious with him," manager Bruce Bochy said.

• Former Giants second baseman Jeff Kent began his stint as a guest instructor. Kent, a three-time All-Star during his 1997-2002 tenure with the Giants, was among a handful of coaches who spoke during a pre-workout hitters' meeting. Former outfielder Pat Burrell, who retired before this spring, is expected to join the guest-instructor ranks, perhaps as early as Sunday.

• President and chief executive officer Larry Baer said that the Giants have "a chance" to sell out all 81 home games this season, as was the case last year in the wake of winning the 2010 World Series.

"All the early reports on ticket sales and merchandise and sponsors are pretty much tracking where we were," Baer said.