Hudson slated for first start Wednesday

Coming off ankle surgery, right-hander to debut vs. Brewers

Hudson slated for first start Wednesday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy finalized this week's pitching plans, which are expected to feature Tim Hudson's spring debut and Sergio Romo's progress toward the same milestone.

Bochy said Sunday that Hudson, whose Cactus League participation was delayed by right ankle surgery in January, will start Wednesday against Milwaukee. The Giants expect Hudson, 39, to have built up enough stamina by early April to join the season-opening starting rotation.

By the end of the week, Giants starters will be back on a five-man rotation. This means projected long relievers Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit will piggyback members of the rotation by maintaining a starter's workload while pitching out of the bullpen.

Romo, said Bochy, has overcome his sore shoulder enough to throw live batting practice to hitters Tuesday. Assuming the right-hander emerges from that exercise in decent shape, his next appearance after that likely will be in an exhibition game.

Bochy added that left-hander Javier Lopez, also bothered by shoulder discomfort, has essentially recovered and should pitch "soon" in a game.

• Catcher Hector Sanchez was scratched from Sunday's split-squad game at Scottsdale Stadium with a sprained right thumb that Bochy said will sideline him for two to four days. Sanchez, who has overcome concussion symptoms that hampered him severely in 2014, was set to start his second Cactus League game behind the plate.

Bochy added that shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose sore right shoulder has limited him to designated-hitter duties, will resume taking infield practice Tuesday and should be able to play defensively by Wednesday.

• Representatives from the Giants' front office entertained members of the club's ownership group, an annual weekend observance that seems to guarantee lopsided defeats. After Saturday's 7-6 loss to San Diego, the Giants dropped Sunday's split-squad doubleheader against Arizona by the aggregate score of 22-7.

"We like to put on a show for them every year," Bochy said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for 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.