SAN FRANCISCO -- Already on a roll, the Arizona Diamondbacks welcome Randy Johnson back from injury tonight -- just in time to face the Giants at AT&T Park.
This is Johnson's first start since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last August.
Without much else to go on, the Giants scouted his recent rehabilitation start, where Johnson's fastball occasionally hit 92 mph for Triple-A Tucson.
"He's throwing like he normally does," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's going to be up in the 90s, and come with that slider and changeup. I don't think we're going to see anything different than what we've seen in the past."
The Giants have been struggling for runs against any pitcher, so the prospect of facing a five-time Cy Young Award winner looks daunting. The veteran left-hander, though, is only 7-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 games against the Giants.
All five Giants who have faced Johnson at least 10 times have a .300 average or better against him. Rich Aurilia is 16-for-47 (.340) with three home runs; Ray Durham is 10-for-33 (.303) with a homer; Randy Winn is 6-for-18 (.333); Bengie Molina is 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer; and Aaron Rowand is 4-for-13 (.308) with a homer.
Bochy said Rowand is expected back in the starting lineup tonight for the first time since Thursday. The center fielder has been limited by rib and groin injuries. "He wants to play, he wants to be out there," Bochy said. "There's just no point in pushing it." ...
-- Daniel Brown, MediaNews staff