SAN FRANCISCO -- In the wake of Chad Gaudin's strong debut as a Giants starter, manager Bruce Bochy all but officially named the right-hander to start again in Sunday's series finale at Arizona.
"To be honest, the 'TBA' more than likely is going to be Gaudin," Bochy said Tuesday.
Gaudin earned his encore performance by allowing two runs and four hits in six innings in Sunday's 4-2 victory at St. Louis, which broke San Francisco's seven-game road losing streak. It was Gaudin's first big league start since he defeated Kansas City as a member of the Yankees on Sept. 28, 2009.
Bochy's decision reflected the positive impression Gaudin made in his move from the bullpen to replace the injured Ryan Vogelsong. Due to this week's pair of scheduled off-days (Monday and Thursday), the Giants could have stuck with a four-man rotation, excluding Gaudin, and wouldn't have needed a fifth starter until June 15. But Gaudin boosted a rotation that began Tuesday with a 4.89 ERA, next to last in the National League. Only Milwaukee (5.60 ERA) was worse.
As he has done since he began weighing whether to move Gaudin from the rotation, Bochy said that these plans could change if situations arise that force him to use the 10-year veteran extensively in the bullpen before Sunday.
Panda back in lineup; Pagan still on hold
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval returned to manager Bruce Bochy's lineup card Tuesday after missing the weekend series in St. Louis with a strained left foot.
Bochy said prior to the start of the series opener with the Blue Jays that he told Sandoval the Giants would scratch him from the lineup if the third baseman experienced any discomfort during warmups.
Outfielder Angel Pagan was omitted from the lineup for the ninth consecutive game with a left hamstring strain. Bochy said Pagan's pregame workout would determine whether he would be available off the bench during the game.
Tuesday marked the final day the Giants could place Pagan on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 26, the first day in which he missed action.
"If he can help out, if he can pinch-hit, that will contribute to the [DL] decision," Bochy said. "Angel will let us know if he's available off the bench. He's getting close."