Osich likely to get key late-inning relief role

Hudson could rejoin Giants' rotation after activation from disabled list

Osich likely to get key late-inning relief role

CHICAGO -- Josh Osich's Major League career spanned all of 10 games entering Sunday. Yet if the Giants needed a left-handed reliever to pitch significant late innings, which would mean facing right-handed as well as left-handed hitters, Osich currently would be the choice.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy outlined this role for Osich on Sunday, noting Javier Lopez would remain the left-handed specialist facing tough left-handed batters and indicating Jeremy Affeldt would be more likely to appear earlier in ballgames. Affeldt began Sunday with a 6.00 ERA in 40 appearances this year.

Asked why Osich would be more likely to handle late-inning chores than Affeldt or Lopez, Bochy replied, "He's got stuff -- velocity, changeup, a cutter. He has three plus Major League pitches. It doesn't matter whether you're a lefty or a righty. You're going to be used against both."

Interestingly enough, both left-handed and right-handed batters were 3-for-17 (.176) with five strikeouts against Osich entering Sunday's series finale against the Chicago Cubs.

Tim Hudson, who's eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday, could be pressed into service sooner than later. Officially on the DL with a strained right shoulder, Hudson could be activated in time to replace Ryan Vogelsong as Thursday's starter against Washington. However, Bochy has repeated his satisfaction with Vogelsong's effort against the Cubs last Friday. Bochy mentioned the possibility Hudson simply could be added to the rotation. In that event, it's conceivable Osich, despite his strong performance, could be sent to Triple-A Sacramento primarily because he has Minor League options remaining.

• When third baseman Matt Duffy's hitting streak ended Saturday at nine games, it marked the first time he went hitless during a game in which he had five at-bats. Duffy launched a new hitting streak Sunday with a first-inning triple.

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.