Bochy going with Ross, Rowand in center

Bochy going with Ross, Rowand in center

SAN FRANCISCO -- With limited center-field and leadoff options, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross would get the majority of starts at those positions with Andres Torres likely out for the rest of the regular season following an emergency appendectomy.

In Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers, Rowand was in center batting eighth, while Ross hit leadoff and was in right. Entering Tuesday, Rowand had batted leadoff in five of his previous six starts, while Tuesday's game marked only the sixth time in Ross' career he has started at leadoff. The previous five times came during a two-week span in early May 2008.

"You'll see one of those two out there for the most part," Bochy said. "Right now we need experience, and these guys have been through it and know how to play and are looking forward to getting some opportunities."

Other options Bochy said he and staff discussed were September callups Eugenio Velez -- who appeared in 10 games in center for the Giants in 2009 -- and Darren Ford, as well as Opening Day right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Bochy said it was possible for Velez and Ford to get late-inning experience with the game in hand, but said Schierholtz probably wouldn't get a long look due to inexperience at the position. Entering Tuesday, all of Schierholtz's 204 career appearances as an outfielder had come in right and he also never played center in the Minors.