Correia to skip start with shoulder woes

Correia to skip start with shoulder woes

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Giants right-hander Kevin Correia will miss his scheduled start Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with what manager Bruce Bochy described as a "cranky" shoulder, although the injury isn't considered serious.

"We probably could have pushed it and let him [pitch], but we'll let it clear up," Bochy said, adding Correia will throw briefly off a bullpen mound at Scottsdale Stadium. Bochy added that Correia should make his next scheduled start, most likely March 29 at Oakland.

That should be enough, Bochy said, to prime Correia for the regular season. Correia, San Francisco's projected No. 4 starter, is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA this spring, but he lasted six innings in his most recent outing last Wednesday against Chicago.

"He's had enough innings, so he's ready," Bochy said.

In Correia's absence, Bochy will use a crew of relievers against the D-Backs. He said that either non-roster right-hander Keiichi Yabu, who's being strongly considered for a long relief role, or Minor League right-hander Nick Pereira will start.

In other injury-related news, Bochy virtually confirmed that right-hander Vinnie Chulk, whose shoulder tendinitis has prevented him from pitching since March 10, will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

"We're not going to be in a position to baby him," Bochy said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.