SAN DIEGO -- There have been few bright spots recently, but Gants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong provided one on Thursday. He threw 30 pitches, all fastballs, during his first bullpen session since pinkie surgery.

"Felt good. Hand is good, arm is good," Vogelsong said. "I've just got to get some timing back."

Vogelsong still has a little swelling on the side of his hand, but he said it doesn't bother him and probably won't fully go away until the offseason. He's on the comeback trail, but he's not sure when he'll be back in a game. For now, he'll keep taking small steps like this, hoping that he can make a difference before it's too late.

"I wish I could get back out there tomorrow," Vogelsong said. "But at the same time, you've got to be smart and do what they need me to do. This game is hard enough to play when you're healthy, let along when you don't feel right."

  • Santiago Casilla also threw a bullpen session Thursday. Manager Bruce Bochy said it's possible Casilla will be activated tomorrow or Saturday. For Friday, with George Kontos suspended, the Giants will need Jean Machi as extra coverage in the bullpen.

  • Jeff Francoeur is in the lineup for Fresno and Bochy said there are no immediate plans to call him up. It could be any day, but they're not going to rush Francoeur up here.


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  • Bochy said he probably won't reveal his second half rotation until Sunday. Either way, Matt Cain won't take a mound again until after the break. Bochy said Cain threw today and feels fine.

    The Giants discovered years ago that Cain, like many pitchers, has some bone chips floating around in that pitching elbow. Asked if they were still there, Bochy said "I'm sure he does (still have them), but it hasn't affected him as far as I know. He's fine."

    Like they did when Cain was shelled in St. Louis, the Giants took a close look at Wednesday's start.

    "He had trouble with his slider, getting it over where he wanted," Bochy said. "From my perspective, he just came off a start where he worked pretty hard. Now you're back out there and you walked some guys. I didn't want to take any chances."