Vogelsong, Affeldt returning to Giants on Sunday

Vogelsong, Affeldt returning to Giants on Sunday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt are expected to rejoin the Giants on Sunday following their stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, manager Bruce Bochy said on Saturday.

Vogelsong absorbed the decision in the 4-3 loss to Puerto Rico on Friday that eliminated the United States from the Classic, though he bequeathed a 1-0 deficit to the bullpen when he left the game in the sixth inning.

Vogelsong threw 73 pitches against Puerto Rico, approximately the same workload that Giants starters have reached.

"He's on schedule to be ready [for the regular season]," Bochy said of the No. 5 starter who led the team in postseason victories (3-0) last year. For Team USA, Vogelsong finished 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in two starts.

Affeldt threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings spanning three relief appearances for the Americans.

The imminent return of Vogelsong and Affeldt leaves center fielder Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico), right-hander Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic) and hitting coach Hensley Meulens (manager, Kingdom of the Netherlands) as the remaining Giants absent due to the Classic.

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