The San Francisco Giants will take 12 pitchers and veteran first baseman Aubrey Huff on the roster when the National League Division Series opens Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pitching coach Dave Righetti seemed to indicate that Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen during the NLDS. San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reported that Righetti said Lincecum would be a key in the series "and it might not be just for one game." With Matt Cain starting today and Madison Bumgarner in Game 2, Lincecum couldn't get two starting assignments in the series.
"And he goes, &‘Man, whatever it takes,' " Righetti told the Mercury News of Lincecum's response to the idea of multiple appearances that would have to come out of the bullpen. "He's looking to help out any way he can."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted to keep the veteran Huff, who appeared in only 55 games and was primarily a pinch-hitter down the stretch after coming off the disabled list, over a host of players who had been used extensively as pinch-runners in September. Neither outfielder Justin Christian or Francisco Peguero made the NLDS roster.
Huff, who started a game at first base in the final week of the season, batted .192 in 52 games while battling leg injuries. The veteran has a .297 career batting average with three home runs and a .495 slugging percentage against the pitchers the Reds will carry into the NLDS.