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Hensley quickly a key part of Giants' bullpen

Hensley quickly a key part of Giants' bullpen

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Hensley quickly a key part of Giants' bullpen
SAN FRANCISCO -- Clay Hensley already has established himself as a reliable member of the Giants' trusty bullpen. And with Brian Wilson sidelined, the Giants welcome the depth Hensley provides.

"It helps when you have another experienced guy who isn't afraid and wants to be in there with the game on the line," Bochy said.

Hensley went unscored upon in his first four appearances, which spanned 3 1/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed just one hit.

Hensley demonstrated his value in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, relieing Madison Bumgarner with a runner on first base and nobody out. Hensley retired all three batters he faced, striking out Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins in the process.

Hensley performed like this in 2010, recording a 2.16 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 75 innings over 68 appearances with Florida. But a freak rib injury derailed him last year, when his ERA ballooned to 5.19. The Giants gladly signed him as a free agent on Jan. 26.

"He had a lot of success setting up," said Bochy, who managed Hensley in 2005-06 with San Diego. "He wants to be in that hold situation."

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