SAN FRANCISCO -- Nori Aoki has his own dedicated beat writers from Japanese outlets, and a few of them weren't exactly thrilled when they had to give up a few days in San Diego to fly to Sacramento and cover Aoki's rehab assignment. They likely weren't smiling when they boarded flights to Albuquerque on Friday, either.
Aoki came to San Francisco on Thursday to check in with team trainers, and the determination was that he needs more time to rehab that fractured fibula. Bochy said the Giants are covered right now in the outfield with Gregor Blanco playing well and Angel Pagan feeling better physically, so they feel Aoki can take his time and make sure he's ready. Aoki will get at least two more games with the River Cats, maybe more, but he should be back with the team sometime in the next week.
That means the Giants, for one of the few times this season, will have their #FullSquad. It also means you probably shouldn't hold your breath if you're waiting for a big bat via trade. The Giants are going to run Aoki, Joe Panik, Matt Duffy, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Pagan out there every day when they're all on the roster, with Blanco providing a boost as the fourth outfielder. While there was some concern about Justin Maxwell a few weeks ago, the latest word is that the front office doesn't feel there's a dire need to upgrade that spot.
What does that leave? Well, the Giants continue to scour the market and they could use a better backup infielder, but the right deal isn't out there yet. As for the rotation, Bochy again reiterated that he's comfortable with the five guys he's got starting and the insurance blanket that is Ryan Vogelsong.
"Right now, I don't see anything, so I just keep my focus on these 25 guys I have," Bochy said. "I can't say I expect something to happen. I like this group. I don't think something is close."
Asked about playing the final two months with his current roster, Bochy said he "feels pretty good" about his guys, who have won eight of nine.
"If something makes sense and makes us better, something will get done," Bochy said. "(But) if you look at our club, we're pretty established."
That extends to the bullpen, and even though some veterans down there have struggled, the Giants don't necessarily feel the need to send prospects out for another veteran arm. They love Josh Osich, who will be back to help at some point, and Mike Broadway is viewed as another in-house alternative.
"We feel good about our ballclub in every respect," general manager Bobby Evans said.
This could all change over the weekend or before the July 31 deadline. But here on July 24, the Giants are pretty comfortable with the 25 guys they've got.
--- Tim Lincecum still has not addressed the media, but Bochy said Friday that "Timmy is going to pitch again." The Giants don't know when or in what role, but they expect him back at some point this season. The guess here: After rosters expand on Sept. 1.
--- Andrew Susac (sprained thumb) should be ready to return when his 15-day DL stint is up.
--- Bochy on the potential of using robot umps for balls and strikes way down the line: "It's going to be strange yelling at that computer." He said he thinks umps do a good job for the most part. "I have a lot of friends -- I shouldn't say a lot -- I have a few friends who are umps."