When a reporter wondered whether Zito might be mixed into the rotation if the Giants needed a sixth starter to rest some tired arms, Bochy said, "I would say he would be the candidate."
Zito's days as a Giant are likely coming to an end. His seven-year, $126 million contract ends with this season. The Giants almost surely will decline to pay him an $18 million option. Zito then would get a $7 million buyout. The left-hander is 4-11 with a 5.91 ERA and has twice been removed from the rotation. Yet he continues to command respect for his ceaselessly positive attitude and the contributions he made during last year's World Series-winning campaign.
Overall, Bochy plans on few lineup changes in the season's final days. Though the Giants will face the non-contending New York Mets in their next series following Monday's scheduled off-day, Bochy said that he'll continue to play mostly regulars, while mixing in a rookie here or there -- as he did Saturday night, when Nick Noonan started at second base.
"I don't see [the lineup] changing too much," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.