Giants' NLCS roster won't include Melky

Giants' NLCS roster won't include Melky

Giants' NLCS roster won't include Melky
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are not considering the addition of left fielder Melky Cabrera to the roster for the National League Championship Series against St. Louis, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Officially, Cabrera is eligible to join the team. He has served all 50 games of his Aug. 15 suspension for testing positive for testosterone, prompting Major League Baseball to reinstate him.

But the Giants, who announced before the Division Series that Cabrera wasn't in their postseason plans, stuck to their decision.

"No," Bochy said Saturday when asked if the team was pondering a Cabrera return. "We've crossed that bridge. That's over."

Cabrera hit an NL-best .346, but disqualified himself from consideration for the batting title in a unique agreement with Major League Baseball and the Players Association.

Bochy said he and the Giants' decision-makers were still contemplating other possible adjustments to the club's roster for the NLCS. He said the Giants could "tweak" the composition of the bench, which in turn might prompt the club to trim its 12-man Division Series pitching staff to 11.

The deadline for finalizing the NLCS roster is 10 a.m. PT on Sunday.

Bochy confirmed that all five starting pitchers would be included on the roster. He didn't announce his pitching plans beyond his starters for Games 1 and 2, respectively Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong. But Bochy added that Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito would be available to pitch relief in the series' first two games.

Bochy declined to name a starter for Game 3, but it's widely believed that Matt Cain will be the choice.