"So he has kind of an idea," Bochy said.
But Bochy acknowledged that right-hander Santiago Casilla's absence reduces the chances of starting Gaudin, since that would rob the bullpen of another experienced right-hander. Casilla went on the 15-day disabled list last Tuesday with right knee discomfort.
"Chad is so valuable," Bochy said, noting that Gaudin can be used in virtually every bullpen role. "Taking a veteran guy out of your bullpen when you have one that's down already, that's another element [in] the decision-making."
Bochy's expected to name Tuesday's starter on Sunday.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.