SAN DIEGO -- The Giants have 36 players on their active roster, and somehow tonight's bench consists of Buster Posey and four players who were in the minors a month ago. And that's it.
Nori Aoki, Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt (all concussed) did not make the trip to San Diego. Joe Panik is out for the year with a back injury. Hunter Pence is still rehabbing an oblique injury and an MRI on Tuesday confirmed that Juan Perez also has an oblique strain. He's done for the year. So it's a bunch of call-ups on the bench, and then Posey, who was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup. Posey is dealing with hip tightness that pops up from time to time.
"I just think he could use another day and this should clear up," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've had enough injuries. I kind of took it out of his hands. He knows the situation."
Posey was scheduled to play first base on Tuesday, but now it will be Ehire Adrianza (fellow shortstop Nick Noonan was the other bench option). Adrianza has never played first base, but hey, the Giants threw Matt Duffy out at first here on April 11 and he hadn't played the position either.
As for the guys who didn't make the trip, it seems extremely unlikely that we see Belt again this season. He is headed to Pittsburgh tomorrow to see specialist Micky Collins, who helped Belt last year when he had concussion problems. Nori Aoki also recently made the trip to see Dr. Collins. By the time Belt returns, the banged-up Giants will have 10 game left in their season. You can do the math.
"Unbelievable, isn't it? It really is unbelievable," Bochy said of the injuries. "It's just been a rash of injuries that's depleted us."
--- Perez said he has an oblique strain that will keep him from playing winter ball, but he probably wasn't going to play anyway. He has played six straight seasons there and felt his body needed a break after so many years of playing baseball throughout the year.
"I was thinking of getting my body some rest and coming in fresh (next spring)," Perez said. His minor league season was derailed by injuries, too.
--- With Perez done, Bochy was asked if Kelby Tomlinson will take some fly balls. He said he's fine in the outfield with Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson on the bench, and if they really need Tomlinson out there they'll just throw him out there. They don't want to overload him right now by having him take fly balls. He is, after all, a rookie hitting near the top of a big league lineup.
--- It's official: Tim Hudson will face Barry Zito on Saturday. Mark Mulder will be there and the three will throw out the first pitch on Sunday.
"It's something that all three of us will look back at and it'll be a special time for us, for sure," Hudson said.
Hudson called it a nice "going away moment," and it'll be appropriate that the three aces get their moment in the spotlight. The book and movie about that team pretty much ignored the true reason that group was so successful, instead focusing on some fringe players.
"I might've gotten cut out on the editing floor," a smiling Hudson said of the "Moneyball" movie, smiling.
Bochy said he's looking forward to the matchup.
"It's going to be good to see Zito," he said. "I really admire what he's done this year."