In one game already, Bumgarner "came up and said, 'Do you want me to get ready?'" Bochy recounted. "I said, 'Of course.' He's a guy that we would use. I think in his pinch-hits last year, he showed that he's going to give you some good swings. Ideally, it doesn't happen. I'd like to stay away from it. But we are a little shorthanded."
Bumgarner hit five homers last year and four in 2014. His solo shot off Clayton Kershaw in Saturday's loss was his second against the Dodgers ace and is a likely bet to end up on the 2016 regular-season highlight reel.
Bumgarner's long ball was the 12th of his career, tying him with ex-National Leaguer Yovani Gallardo of Baltimore for the most among active pitchers.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.