Rain cancels Giants' workout before Cactus League opener

Rain cancels Giants' workout before Cactus League opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nobody seemed to complain Monday as the Giants were rained out of their final workout preceding Cactus League play.

Right-hander Tim Hudson still threw off a bullpen mound, continuing his progress toward rejoining the season-opening starting rotation. Rookie position players still sought refuge in the batting cages as they attempted to refine their swings.

The Giants will begin the exhibition season Tuesday at Mesa, where they'll play the Oakland A's. Madison Bumgarner, hero of the 2014 postseason, is scheduled to start for the Giants and pitch one inning. Bumgarner is expected to be followed by Tim Lincecum, who's also in the projected regular-season starting rotation. But since starters aren't yet pitching in a five-man rotation, the Giants and other clubs tend to "piggyback" pairs of starters until later in the spring.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.