SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy seized upon Jeff Samardzija's suggestion that he could perform in relief during this weekend's series against the Dodgers, declaring Thursday that the right-hander will indeed be available out of the bullpen.
Bochy indicated Saturday would be the most sensible day to use Samardzija, since that's the day he would throw his between-starts bullpen session. Samardzija (12-11) struck out a career-high 11 while working two batters into the seventh inning in San Francisco's 2-0 loss Wednesday to Colorado.
"He even said that if he was needed, he could help out tomorrow [Friday]," Bochy said.
Relieving is not a foreign experience for Samardzija. With the Chicago Cubs during partial-season stints from 2008-10, he made 48 relief appearances and only five starts. He spent all of 2011 in the Cubs' bullpen, pitching 75 games as a setup reliever. Samardzija then became a starter in 2012.
• Bochy dropped his broadest hint yet that newly acquired infielder Gordon Beckham, a right-handed batter, likely will start against a pair of Dodgers left-handers -- Rich Hill on Fridaiy and Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Lifetime, Beckham is 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI off Hill and 2-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts against Kershaw.
• Right-hander Jake Peavy was the recipent of the "Good Guy Award" bestowed annually by the San Francisco-Oakland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America upon the player who maintains noteworthy cooperation with members of the media.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. 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.