Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' top pitching prospect who's competing for the No. 5 starting spot against Todd Wellemeyer, Joe Martinez and Kevin Pucetas, is expected to be among the pitchers following Lincecum to the mound.Not everybody's healthy. First base will pose a daily challenge for the Giants until Travis Ishikawa returns from his left foot injury. Aubrey Huff, the projected starter, can't be expected to play nine innings every day. With Ishikawa sidelined, the Giants will use a combination of players to fill the position when Huff doesn't play. Bochy cited Mark DeRosa, Matt Downs, Brett Pill and even third baseman Pablo Sandoval as those who will fill in at first. The Giants will be curious to see how shortstop Edgar Renteria, coming off the worst offensive season of his career, responds after undergoing offseason surgery on his right elbow. DeRosa, the projected left fielder who endured left wrist surgery in the offseason, hasn't taken "live" batting practice against pitchers and might not play immediately. DeRosa has swung against coaches, so he's believed to be ready to perform full-speed extremely soon. "I'll speak for all the guys. ... It's great to get here, [but] after a couple of days, you can't wait for the games to start," 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.Less