SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Derek Holland always had been intended to start Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs.Bochy explained that a simple misunderstanding between him and the Giants' media relations staff created the impression that Holland might have been a late substitute for Johnny Cueto,
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Derek Holland always had been intended to start Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs.
Bochy explained that a simple misunderstanding between him and the Giants' media relations staff created the impression that Holland might have been a late substitute for Johnny Cueto, who has made only one start since returning from an elbow ailment that sidelined him for two months. Bochy reiterated that various members of the starting rotation might occasionally receive an extra day of rest to keep them fresh.
Bochy said he might use this flexibility to rest Andrew Suarez through the All-Star break. The rookie left-hander pitched a personal-high 155 2/3 innings last year at Triple- and Double-A. Because Suarez already has accumulated 84 innings, the Giants are wary of seeing him exceed last year's total by an uncomfortably high margin.
The Giants' medical staff said Tuesday that second baseman Joe Panik, who's on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left groin, could be sidelined for only three weeks.
This is Panik's third trip to the DL during this season. He missed 31 games from April 28-June 1 with a sprained left thumb. Concussions rendered him inactive three times in 2016-17, one year after lower back pain nagged him.
Panik already senses that the "moving around" he'll begin doing, possibly as early as this weekend, won't include baseball-related activities. He's optimistic nevertheless.
"There's still plenty of baseball left," Panik said Tuesday as he spoke to reporters for the first time since injuring his groin last Friday. "That's the way I look at it. The way the [National League West] teams have been playing, we have a really good chance."
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.