Giants considering shifting Lincecum's next start

Giants considering shifting Lincecum's next start

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants haven't determined the order of the starting rotation for the rest of the season, specifically beginning with Sunday's game at San Diego.

Following Matt Cain's start Wednesday, Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner are slated to take the mound for the Giants, but the club hasn't decided if Tim Lincecum will follow them as he would normally be scheduled to, as the Giants begin to eye the order of their postseason rotation.

"There's a chance, but we're going to leave that open in case we want to tweak the rotation," Bochy said of Lincecum starting Sunday. "That's the luxury you have when you clinch early. We haven't set it yet, and if we want to move it around, we have the pitching to do it."

If Lincecum doesn't start Sunday, the likely candidate to make a spot start would be Yusmeiro Petit, who started last Sunday's game to give Lincecum and the other Giants starters an extra day of rest. Petit allowed two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres.

"He's already started one and he did a good job," Bochy said. "It's nice to have a starter here who you can put in there to give you some innings so you don't have to chew through your bullpen."