Giants could move up Lincecum's start

Giants could move up Lincecum's start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though Todd Wellemeyer is officially listed as the Giants' starting pitcher for Friday night's series opener against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park, it's possible that Tim Lincecum could be moved up a day and would start that game instead.

Without mentioning names, manager Bruce Bochy didn't rule out a possible juggling of the rotation.

"We're talking about some things," Bochy said Tuesday when asked if the Giants would stick with their current alignment. He added that he'd probably finalize his pitching plans later Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lincecum would pitch on his usual four days' rest if he started Friday and would receive an extra day's break if he worked Saturday -- which might be preferable, since he threw 116 pitches in six innings last Sunday at New York.

Lincecum's the only Giant among the top four starters who's subject to being moved up, since he pitched immediately before Monday's scheduled off-day. If Lincecum were to start Friday, Wellemeyer would pitch Saturday so Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez could get their regular rest.