PHILADELPHIA -- Bruce Bochy sat down with Jake Peavy recently and made sure the right-hander knows the rotation is in decent shape, so he doesn't need to rush back. The Giants want Peavy to be honest about how his tight back and hip are feeling and Bochy said Peavy's assessment after Saturday's rehab start is that all is much improved.
Peavy threw 69 pitches for Triple-A Sacramento, allowing two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five.
"He felt great," Bochy said. "He came out of it fine. It was a much better outing than the previous one. The good news is he felt really good. That's a good night of work for him."
Peavy will start again for the River Cats and get up to the 85-90 pitch range. The Giants all of a sudden are getting closer to having to make some tough decisions. Matt Cain (flexor strain) starts his rehab assignment on Tuesday. The Giants have maintained all along that they won't worry about having seven healthy starters until they actually have seven healthy starters. Bochy said Peavy will take his time and make sure he gets back to close to 100 percent.
"He wants to make sure he's completely right and can help this club," he said. "We've had that conversation."
--- Hunter Pence (left wrist tendinitis) took swings in the cage on Sunday morning and Bochy said that if today were Sept. 7 instead of June 7, Pence would play. But the Giants have a day off tomorrow, so Pence will get another 48 hours to rest up. He is available off the bench today and should start Tuesday in New York. The Giants, by the way, will be facing Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese at Citi Field.
--- Bochy said on Friday that Casey McGehee would get a start this weekend. And then Matt Duffy went out and picked up four hits (including a homer and near-homer) in nine at-bats over two days.
"Duffy is playing well," Bochy said. "I don't think anyone needs a day off physically. The kid is playing well and I think Casey understands that. Call me superstitious, too. We've had a couple of good games here and I'm going with the same soup, basically. I like the way Duffy is playing."
--- Nori Aoki told us yesterday that he felt bad about getting sick and missing Friday's game. Bochy had a big smile on his face when confirming that story, saying Aoki actually came up to him and apologized. There was no need, but either way, Aoki sure made up for it by reaching base five times yesterday.