SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy became the first Giants pitcher to work four innings this spring in Friday's 3-0 Cactus League loss to the Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium. But in his postgame remarks, Peavy focused more on the starting staff's collective depth than on his individual performance.
Specifically, Peavy rhapsodized about the presence of right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit, and their potential value to the team as long relievers. Vogelsong has been in the Giants' starting rotation since 2011, and he still could rejoin it if injuries or ineffectiveness strike another starter. Petit, who never has been a full-time starter in the Majors, fits the typical profile of a long reliever more closely.
Peavy suggested that the use of Vogelsong or Petit could take on a dimension besides eating innings after a starter leaves a game prematurely. Either pitcher, Peavy said, could step in when a starter needs a rest or sustains a mild injury that might require missing a turn in the rotation. Summoning a pitcher from the Minors would be unnecessary, unless the Giants felt they needed reinforcement at another position.
"To have such guys on the depth chart that we have, it's comforting," Peavy said.
• Manager Bruce Bochy said that Sergio Romo is ready to begin performing in Cactus League games after the right-hander pitched his second spring session of live batting practice. A sore right shoulder has delayed the progress of Romo, San Francisco's top right-handed setup reliever.
• Bochy said that he recently spoke with the interpreter for outfielder Nori Aoki just to "make sure that his head was right." Aoki doubled in three at-bats on Friday, but he still is batting just .176 (3-for-17) this spring. Bochy calmly observed that he tends not to worry about whether a hitter's slumping unless four or five games spring games remain.
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.