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8/29/2014 9:14 P.M. ET

Bochy eager to get Lincecum relief appearance

SAN FRANCISCO -- Given Yusmeiro Petit's stellar outing Thursday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the plan is to give Petit -- not Tim Lincecum -- the start next Tuesday in Colorado. He hopes to give Lincecum game action soon, though.

Bochy spoke highly of Lincecum's bullpen sessions, saying he's improved each area the Giants hoped he would: He's locating his pitches better, has simplified his delivery and has regained his balance on the mound, so he's no longer falling off to its left as much.

Now Bochy just needs to find the right opportunity to use the righty out of the bullpen, which according to Bochy, could be just about any time.

"He's versatile, so it could be a long situation or could be how I used him in the postseason, since we liked him in that role," Bochy said. "He's got four pitches and I like him against lefties and righties, so I think he could help set up for us, too.

"It's going to be an adjustment, but he's done that and he's all in on this, just like he was before."

Lincecum was sent to the bullpen after going 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA in 24 2/3 innings in his previous six starts.

Giants to give Petit another start in Lincecum's slot

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a successful outing Thursday afternoon, Yusmeiro Petit has earned another start for the Giants.

Manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday night's game that Petit, not Tim Lincecum, will start in Colorado on Tuesday, the next time what was once Lincecum's rotation turn comes around.

"It's hard to take him out how he's throwing the ball right now," Bochy said of Petit, who had one of his season's best starts Thursday.

Petit recorded the win and struck out nine while allowing just one earned run on four hits in six innings in the Giants' 4-1 victory against the Rockies. He also set a Major League record with 46 consecutive retired batters before a Jordan Lyles double snapped the streak.

He is 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA in seven starts this season and is 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 49 innings out of the bullpen.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.