SAN FRANCISCO -- Two Tims threw bullpen sessions on Tuesday, but only one of them is likely to face hitters this week.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Tim Hudson (right shoulder strain) could make a rehab appearance as soon as Friday, but Tim Lincecum (hip discomfort) still needs at least one more bullpen session before getting a mapped-out rehab plan.
"It went fine," Bochy said of Lincecum's bullpen session. "He's going to throw another one. We'll see how he's doing after that and then maybe ramp it up. He's not quite ready yet, to be honest. I can't say he's close."
The timing here is kind of a moot point, because there's no way Lincecum is in the plans before Sept. 1, when rosters expand. As for Hudson, it's also unlikely that he'll return at any point this month. Ryan Vogelsong will start Thursday and then Mike Leake will return to fill that spot, and the Giants don't have another obvious roster spot for Hudson. Bochy said they may give him two innings for the Sacramento River Cats on Friday, but given that Sacramento is in Tacoma right now, it seems more likely that Hudson will ultimately start Saturday or Sunday in Sacramento. That would give him plenty of time for a full rehab assignment before rosters expand.
--- Matt Duffy was out of the No. 3 spot last night for the first time since June 23. It really is amazing how quickly Duffy made that spot his home, and he's a no-brainer pick there, but Bochy also likes him in the No. 2 spot with Joe Panik on the DL. He said this version of the lineup -- with Duffy, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, etc. all moved up a notch -- is likely what you'll see for at least a couple more days.
The one change could be at the top, as Bochy said he could switch Nori Aoki and Gregor Blanco if Aoki has trouble finding his swing.
(For what it's worth, I like the Duffy-hitting-second look for now. Makes a ton of sense until Panik returns in a couple weeks.)
--- Angel Pagan will likely travel to Scottsdale next week to rehab while the Giants are in St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
--- Andrew Susac was 1 for 4 last night and came in this morning to get evaluated by team docs. He'll likely head back to San Jose today or tomorrow for more at-bats.
--- If you missed it last night, my story on Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Belt. One thing I missed yesterday: Belt was the first player since 2010 to take Scott Kazmir deep twice in the same game.