SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to lay out his full post-All-Star Break rotation this morning, but he did say it will include Tim Hudson.
Hudson was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain on July 3 retroactive to June 27. Bochy said that judging from Hudson’s last bullpen session, the right-hander is ready to rejoin the rotation and will start one of the Giants’ first five games after the break.
"Huddy’s good to go," Bochy said.
Bochy did not reveal whose place in the rotation Hudson will be taking. It is unlikely the Giants would use a six-man rotation, and the odd man out may be Ryan Vogelsong, who has a 4.23 ERA since the beginning of June.
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That could be tough news for Vogelsong, who said after his start Saturday night, despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings, that it was "as good as I’ve thrown the ball all year." But Vogelsong has already pitched out of the bullpen this season, and the Giants would surely find it difficult to take Chris Heston out of the rotation after his breakout first half.
The Giants will have another decision to make when Tim Lincecum (forearm contusion) is ready to return from the DL, but Bochy said of Lincecum this morning: "I don’t think Timmy’s quite ready."
Bochy said the order in which the starters will pitch after the Break is still tentative and could change if Madison Bumgarner pitches in the All-Star Game.
* Bochy made one addition to the N.L. All-Star roster this morning, naming Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to the team in place of Washington’s Max Scherzer. Scherzer may have started the game for the N.L., but pitched today for the Nationals and thus is ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.
Kershaw did not make the team via player/coach balloting or the final fan vote despite his 2.85 ERA and league-leading 160 strikeouts in 123 innings.
"He’s had a good half, you start there, but you look at also who Clayton is, his success, and the star factor," Bochy said. "I knew this was going to happen once I saw Scherzer was pitching Sunday, and so another great arm to help us in the All-Star Game. I know he’s excited."
* No news on whether Jeremy Affeldt will go on a rehab assignment before the end of the Break, but Bochy still feels Affeldt could be ready for the Giants’ second series after the Break in San Diego.
* Here’s how the Giants look in their final game before the four-day Break, as they go for a sweep of the Phillies:
And the Phillies’ lineup against Chris Heston: