SAN FRANCISCO -- Friday was a rare day for Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He got to put Buster Posey in the lineup at catcher AND slot Hunter Pence behind him. Soon, Bochy could have his #FullSquad.
Nori Aoki (fractured fibula) is out of his cast and took some swings in the indoor batting cage Friday, and Bochy said Aoki could return to the lineup in two weeks. Aoki will see a doctor Saturday to get reevaluated, and he could ramp up his activity after that appointment. Like Pence, Aoki may return without a rehab assignment.
"I'm not going to say it's definite," Bochy said of rehab games. "You saw what we did with Hunter. He did alright. We'll see when (Aoki) gets to that point."
As for the Tims, they're a little further away. Tim Lincecum (forearm contusion) and Tim Hudson (shoulder strain) alternated "innings" on the bullpen mound today, throwing three each. Bochy said neither is currently scheduled for a rehab assignment, and that makes sense. With Matt Cain and Jake Peavy looking sharp this week, the Giants don't exactly have room for another starter (or two) right now.
Bochy said Hudson "looked really good" while Lincecum "needs a little work (and) was a touch behind."
Jeremy Affeldt also threw a bullpen session and will have another one on Sunday. If all goes well, he could make a quick rehab appearance next Thursday and then return to the big leagues.
--- Casey McGehee is a Marlin again, and Bochy is happy to see that.
"He's got a home there and had a ton of success there," Bochy said. "Good for him. Casey, I know it didn't work out here, but he was good throughout all this."
I've written this before, but McGehee handled his demotion here about as well as a professional athlete possibly could.
--- Bochy will name his All-Star starter on Sunday. The guess here: Zack Greinke. At the very least, Bochy should opt for the league ERA leader just to make sure Greinke doesn't take out any anger when the Giants face the Dodgers in September.