PHILADELPHIA -- Giants ace Tim Lincecum said that the blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand is a non-issue.Speaking on Friday, the eve of his start in the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the right-hander said of the blister, "It's fine. It's calloused over." The blister bothered Lincecum slightly during Spring Training, though he didn't miss a start during the regular season. The San Jose Mercury News initially reported that Lincecum's blister nagged him during his two-hit shutout against Atlanta on Oct. 7, when he struck out 14 batters.
Rowand gives Giants options, veteran presence
PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Bruce Bochy cited a long list of reasons for keeping center fielder Aaron Rowand on the Giants' active roster for the National League Championship Series."He's not just the guy we put in there against lefties," Bochy said Friday, referring to Rowand's being a right-handed batter. "He can handle right-handers. He has played in this park. He knows what it's going to be about. He can help out the other players. He gives me flexibility if I want to double-switch and keep a pitcher out there. I could put him in the outfield and be comfortable with that." Rowand also made the Division Series roster, despite putting himself on the proverbial bubble by batting a career-low .230 and losing his regular's role to Andres Torres. Speaking before Bochy announced his decision, Rowand said that he wasn't concerned about his roster status. "It's something that's completely out of my control and an afterthought for me," he said. "There's nothing you can do about it, so why worry about it? A lot of people don't get a chance to go to the postseason. Being able to be part of the postseason is exciting, so you have to live in the moment and enjoy it while you have it. This could be the last time I go to the postseason in my career. Who knows?"
Runzler fine sitting on NLCS roster bubble
PHILADELPHIA -- Left-hander Dan Runzler had no complaints about his uncertain roster status for the National League Championship Series.The Giants, who are likely to announce their final NLCS roster shortly after Saturday's 10 a.m. PT deadline, are considering adding Runzler to the 25-man contingent that will face the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have a cast of formidable left-handed batters, including Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, so adding Runzler could prove handy. "I'm just happy to be under consideration all this time," Runzler said Friday. "I know it's a tough decision. Whatever it comes down to, I know it's going to help the team. Whether it's with me or without me, I'm still pulling for the team." Runzler, who was sidelined for approximately two months with a dislocated left patella, was 3-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 41 appearances.
Giants send Pucetas to Royals to finish trade
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Pucetas' mostly successful career in the Giants organization ended when he was sent to the Kansas City Royals as the player to be named in the Aug. 13 deal involving outfielder Jose Guillen.Pucetas recorded a 47-20 mark with a 3.73 ERA during five seasons in San Francisco's Minor League system, including 5-7, 5.69 in 26 starts this year. The 25-year-old right-hander was particularly effective in 2007, when he was 15-4 with a 1.87 ERA for low-Class A Augusta, and 2008, when he earned California League Pitcher of the Year honors and was selected for the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium while finishing 10-2 with a 3.02 ERA for high-Class A San Jose.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.