05/07/12 9:49 PM ET
Happier Huff activated from disabled list
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"I'm excited. I think Aubrey is, too," Bochy said. "He gives us an experienced bat, a guy who can hit in the heart of the order."Huff might not be ready for that responsibility yet. He went on the disabled list with a .182 batting average, one home run and four RBIs in 12 games.
"We have to get him going," Bochy said. "I have to find a spot to put him in the game and hopefully give him an at-bat or two to get his timing down. If you get him going, he gives this club what we need and that's a guy who can drive in runs."Huff admitted that he felt personally burdened in 2011, when he hit .246 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs after batting .290-26-86 during San Francisco's 2010 World Series-winning season. "I want to get back to 2010," Huff said. "There was a lot of stuff on my plate last year."
Giants going with 11 pitchers for now
LOS ANGELES -- Monday's suspension of right-hander Guillermo Mota and the accompanying move, first baseman Aubrey Huff's reinstatement from the 15-day disabled list, reduced the Giants' pitching staff to 11 men, which by their standards left them lacking depth.But manager Bruce Bochy is prepared to face the future -- at least the immediate future -- with just six relievers. Should the Giants experience one or two games in which the bullpen is depleted, they'd likely rush a reliever to the Majors and make the difficult decision of trimming a position player. Asked if the status of the 11-man staff will be evaluated day to day, Bochy said, "I think that's pretty accurate. If we get in a situation where we think we need a pitcher, we're going to have to make a change. Right now we're going with 11 pitchers." The Giants have multiple options if they want to summon a pitcher. Triple-A right-hander Dan Otero already has spent time with the Giants. Top prospect Heath Hembree, another right-hander, is another candidate. So is Shane Loux, who was converted from starting to relieving. And it just so happens that right-hander Brett Bochy, Bruce's son, entered Monday unscored upon in 18 innings at Double-A Richmond.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.