Vogelsong still a candidate to join rotation

Vogelsong still a candidate to join rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he's still leaning toward adding right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the starting rotation during the Giants' upcoming three-game series at Pittsburgh, which begins Tuesday.

Bochy noted that Monday's scheduled off-day would allow the Giants to stick temporarily with the four-man contingent they used this week following Barry Zito's right foot injury, since each starter still would receive four days' rest. The Giants wouldn't need a fifth starter until April 30 at Washington.

But Bochy indicated that if the Giants can avoid using Vogelsong excessively in relief, as they did Friday when he pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings, they'll resume using a five-man rotation sooner than later.

"We'd like to give guys an extra day [of rest]," Bochy said.

Vogelsong, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, has allowed three hits without walking a batter in 4 2/3 shutout innings spanning two appearances.