Aoki's versatility gives him shot at right field

Discussions are underway to decide on Pence's replacement

Aoki's versatility gives him shot at right field

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't have to decide who will replace Hunter Pence in right field for another month, but discussions are already underway.

"I've talked to [Nori] Aoki," Bochy said. "We're going to take a look at him for some games there. That doesn't mean it's going to be that way, but I did talk to him. He's got more experience playing in right field, but with our right field, it's a lot of ground there. But he's got the speed to do it. He says he's comfortable anywhere, but he did say he's more comfortable in right field."

Aoki, who signed a one-year contract with the Giants over the offseason, has played all three outfield positions in his three-year career, but has spent the vast majority of his time in right.

Of the 402 games Aoki has played, he's been in right field for 375 of them.

Of course, nothing is set in stone and Bochy is also still considering having Aoki in left and Gregor Blanco in right.

"We could go back that way," Bochy said. "Really it's going to come down to who is going to be out there for the most part."

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.