LOS ANGELES -- Monday's suspension of right-hander Guillermo Mota and the accompanying move, first baseman Aubrey Huff's reinstatement from the 15-day disabled list, reduced the Giants' pitching staff to 11 men, which by their standards left them lacking depth.
But manager Bruce Bochy is prepared to face the future -- at least the immediate future -- with just six relievers. Should the Giants experience one or two games in which the bullpen is depleted, they'd likely rush a reliever to the Majors and make the difficult decision of trimming a position player.
Asked if the status of the 11-man staff will be evaluated day to day, Bochy said, "I think that's pretty accurate. If we get in a situation where we think we need a pitcher, we're going to have to make a change. Right now we're going with 11 pitchers."
The Giants have multiple options if they want to summon a pitcher. Triple-A right-hander Dan Otero already has spent time with the Giants. Top prospect Heath Hembree, another right-hander, is another candidate. So is Shane Loux, who was converted from starting to relieving. And it just so happens that right-hander Brett Bochy, Bruce's son, entered Monday unscored upon in 18 innings at Double-A Richmond.