Bochy appreciates flexibility in Giants' roster

Bochy appreciates flexibility in Giants' roster

ST. LOUIS -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy cited "character" as he discussed his club's ability to build the Major Leagues' best record despite multiple injuries.

Right-hander Matt Cain will miss his fourth start of the season Saturday. Right-hander Tim Hudson has missed one. First baseman Brandon Belt's fractured left thumb sidelined him in early May and could keep him inactive until the All-Star break. Second baseman Marco Scutaro has been rehabilitating his back all year. Catcher Buster Posey's back has limited his playing time. Top setup reliever Santiago Casilla is expected to miss a month.

Nevertheless, Bochy said Friday, the Giants "[aren't] thinking or dwelling on anything that's happened. They've done a tremendous job of picking each other up. That's the only way this is going to work, I think."

Bochy acknowledged that though the Giants might lack enviable 25-man depth, they possess enough roster flexibility to ease the impact of the injuries. Yusmeiro Petit has been an ideal emergency starter. Michael Morse has made a smooth transition from left field to first base. Brandon Hicks has settled in at second base. And left fielder Tyler Colvin has proven helpful.

"These guys have done a nice job of contributing on a daily basis," Bochy said. "We've gotten contributions throughout the lineup."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.