SAN FRANCISCO -- With Marco Scutaro destined for the disabled list to start the regular season, the Giants don't really have an issue finding players to play second base.

While final roster moves won't be made until Saturday, it's quite likely manager Bruce Bochy will have a choice among Joaquin Arias, Brandon Hicks and Ehire Adrianza and could even use outfielder Juan Perez to man the position defensively.

Who bats second will be the far more compelling question. Bochy made an intriguing call on the No. 2 hitter Thursday night for the first game of the Bay Bridge Series -- outfielder Hunter Pence. It's probably not advisable to write that one down for opening day, though.

"I'm going to take a look at Hunter right now, today and maybe (Friday)," Bochy said. "I did talk to Hunter about it. He's done it. When he came up, he hit in the two hole. He does give you speed. And he's a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark, too. That's not a bad thing to have at the top of the order."

Pence is the fifth player Bochy has tried in the No. 2 spot since Scutaro played his one and only game in spring training March 17. First baseman Brandon Belt made two starts there, outfielder Tyler Colvin two, shortstop Brandon Crawford one, and for the final three games in the Cactus League, outfielder Michael Morse batted second.


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Pence, who hit .362 in Arizona and led the club with five home runs, has 65 career starts hitting second, but he hasn't batted there since Aug. 26, 2009, when he was with the Houston Astros. He went 2 for 4 with a double Thursday in the Giants' 4-0 loss to the A's. Pence would seem an unlikely choice given his run-producing skills, but Bochy is looking at it differently.

"Somebody's going to get an extra at-bat that's going to take that No. 2 spot," he said. "You wouldn't mind giving it to a threat like Hunter."

  • Scutaro will be at AT&T Park on Friday to take some swings and ground balls, as long as his ailing back allows. Bochy said as much as the club will miss the veteran second baseman to start the season, he's willing to wait as long as necessary for a full recovery.

    "It's been a slow process, frustrating for him and for us," Bochy said. "What's important is that we get him right because it is so early in the season. If it takes another couple weeks, hey, I'll take him for five months."

  • Tim Hudson's first outing in a Giants uniform at AT&T was a mixed affair. He pitched six innings, walked one and struck out six but gave up four earned runs on two RBI hits by Oakland's Josh Donaldson and a two-run homer to Josh Reddick.

    "Reddick went out and got a sinker out over the plate and got two quick ones on the board," Hudson said. "All in all, though, it was OK. I made some pitches when I needed to at times but also got ahead in the count some and didn't finish guys off."

    Hudson finished the spring with a 4.26 ERA and acknowledged that his readiness for the season is still "a work in progress."

    "I'm still a little ways (away)," he said. "But I feel like I'm close enough where I can go out and compete and give us a really good chance to win. Hopefully I can continue to get a little stronger as the season progresses and make better pitches with my off-speed stuff. That's one thing that's suffering a little bit when I'm ahead in the count."

  • After dealing with back issues of his own, nonroster outfielder Colvin made a late rush in Arizona to keep himself in the running for the No. 5 outfield spot. Colvin hit .194 in 14 spring games but did have two home runs and six RBIs. He didn't play Thursday.

  • With Scutaro and relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt slated to start the season on the D.L., the Giants are down to 27 players. One trim will be made between Perez and Colvin, and the other will likely come among the right-handed relief corps -- Jean Machi, Juan Gutierrez or Derek Law.