SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after Chris Heston became the fifth Giants starter this month to lead the team to a home shutout, manager Bruce Bochy met with rehabbing right-hander Jake Peavy to remind him that the key is getting healthy, not getting back quickly.
"The good news through all this, and I know you want to get on the mound, is we don't have to rush it," Bochy said. "These (starters) are giving us time to slow-play it with Jake and (Matt) Cain."
While Cain will face hitters on Saturday, Peavy could be taking it slower than expected for a few days. He felt some minor back tightness after his last rehab start, and because Peavy has been bothered by back and hip tightness all season, that was enough to get him back in the doctor's office Friday at AT&T Park. While Peavy hoped to get a date for his next rehab assignment after seeing the team doctor, Bochy said they may back off a little and let Peavy rest for a few days.
That would allow Peavy to focus on regaining strength and rehabbing that back. He said he feels like he's back in the first week of March, and he can notice a difference strength-wise since he has had to cut down on leg exercises and conditioning during the rehab process.
"I've just got to get stronger," Peavy said. "I haven't been able to get as strong as I need to be at this point in time. Yesterday was probably the best work day I've had, in terms of doing legs ... And I need some time on the mound to get comfortable with throwing off-speed pitches and getting that fastball command back."
Peavy said the situation is "tough" and it "stinks," but he's trying to stay positive.
"This is a long season," he said. "I'm trying to stay positive and think about how this plays out for the best."
--- Erik Cordier is still a Giant, but only after leaving a bit of a paper trail. Cordier was DFA'd and outrighted earlier this month, but he refused the assignment to Triple-A Sacramento, which is his right as a player who has been outrighted already. Cordier then signed a new minor league deal with the Giants and he will return to the River Cats tomorrow. It's a bit complex, but you figure this worked out well for both sides. The Giants get to keep a big arm and they don't have to use a 40-man spot on him, and Cordier surely got something out of signing the new deal.
The surprising thing is that no other team took a shot on a guy who, while wild, has a 100 mph fastball. We see a lot of really, really bad bullpens during the season.
--- Stephen Curry will be in the house tonight. If you missed it earlier, here's my story about how the Giants are rooting for Curry to get to the odd-year title before they do.