SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Given the widespread competition for jobs, each of the Giants' Cactus League exhibition games promises to be significant, beginning with Friday's opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Scottsdale Stadium.
"It's going to be a little bit of a challenge for me to give all these guys the at-bats and playing time they want, and give them their best opportunity to make this club," Bochy said Thursday. "We don't have as many split-squad games, so that makes it a little more challenging, but certainly I'll do the best I can."
Doing the best they can also could be said of the Giants' hitters, who had their first official workout last Friday and then were prevented from taking batting practice on the field the next two days due to steady rain.
However, Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens downplayed possible rustiness.
"It's not like before when guys were not in shape. Guys are in shape," he said. Besides, Meulens added, Giants hitters won't be expected to work wonders this early in the spring. "You want to see guys tracking the ball, using their hands, getting their timing back and getting their feel back for being in the box."
Bumgarner is likely to work only one inning.
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.