Programming note: Coverage of Thursday's Giants-Diamondbacks series finale starts at Noon on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with Giants Pregame Live
PHOENIX – Tim Lincecum has had better weeks.
First he got whacked on the side of the knee by a line drive and had to be carried off the field in his last exhibition start. Then he spent a good portion of his time at Chase Field Tuesday night praying to the porcelain god.
But neither the knee contusion nor a sudden case of food poisoning will keep Lincecum from making his season debut as scheduled on Thursday.
Lincecum had color in his face – well, by his standards anyway – as he sipped a Pedialyte-type drink prior to batting practice on Wednesday.
Gregor Blanco will get his first start in the outfield on Thursday behind Lincecum, and Hector Sanchez will catch.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy likes to involve his whole roster as early as possible, which is why he plotted out that starts for Blanco and Sanchez. Bochy also had determined in advance that he would start Ehire Adrianza at second base Wednesday; Adrianza is hitting eighth in front of Tim Hudson, who is set to make his Giants debut.
Finally, Bochy plans to introduce second baseman Brandon Hicks on Friday against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Eventually, the Giants hope to have Marco Scutaro back as the everyday second baseman. Bochy described the veteran infielder as “doing fine” and “upbeat” but not close to turning a corner with his chronic back issue.
There was a bit more discussion about Tuesday night's replay debacle, and Bochy made an interesting point. Without the challenge procedure, Bochy is probably getting out his checkbook and paying a fine.
"I'd probably get thrown out of that game for sure," Bochy said. "We had four calls that were challengeable and none went our way. We were 0 for 4. After the third time, I'd be saying 'enough is enough.'"