Giants pitchers' return won't cause issue after all

Lincecum injury, Hudson's departure for personal reasons create openings for Cain, Peavy

Giants pitchers' return won't cause issue after all

MIAMI -- Somewhat remarkably, the composition of the Giants' five-man starting rotation, which recently loomed as a compelling issue, solved itself.

The Giants' chief decision-makers, including manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations czar Brian Sabean, had wondered how the rotation would absorb Matt Cain and Jake Peavy when they were prepared to leave the disabled list. That's no longer an issue, though the solution's likely to be temporary.

Right-hander Tim Lincecum, who sustained a bruise on his throwing forearm when he was struck by a line drive last Saturday, will go on the DL when Cain is activated on Thursday to pitch against the Marlins. The other opening was created Wednesday, when the Giants announced that right-hander Tim Hudson will leave the team for about a week due to personal reasons.

That left the Giants with a rotation, starting Wednesday, of Chris Heston, Cain, Peavy, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong.

Speculation has proliferated that the Giants will try to obtain an established starter by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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