SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After missing one day with back tightness, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went through the full team workout Monday. When the Cactus League season kicks off Wednesday, however, the Giants still will be without their full complement of starters.
Manager Bruce Bochy already had announced that Yusmeiro Petit would start the opener because the regular rotation won't start taking turns until after Thursday's off day, and Bochy also has decided that Petit won't throw to Buster Posey. The catcher will be held out as Bochy tries to find periodic spring breaks for the former MVP.
"He's fine," Bochy said. "It's my call."
The Giants also will be without Marco Scutaro, who remains on a light schedule as the staff eases him into things. Scutaro dealt with back trouble all of last season and has yet to participate in a team workout or take full swings in the cage.
While Scutaro has stayed on the back fields at Scottsdale Stadium, Posey, who put on 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, has impressed. When the starters did baserunning drills Sunday, Posey appeared to be running better than he has at any point since 2011's ankle surgery.
"I told him that," Bochy said, smiling. "But let me add to that, let all those guys catch 100 games and you'll see them slow down."
Bochy revealed that Posey has always had the green light on the bases, although he rarely goes. Posey is just 6 for 10 in his career when attempting to steal a bag.
"He's moving so much better," Bochy said. "He looks really good."
Abreu had just 147 at-bats a year ago, hitting .268 with two homers. He is vying to make the club as a backup infielder.
Outfielders Gary Brown and Mac Williamson, infielder Joe Panik and catcher Andrew Susac are among the players who will get a shot to impress coaches. Management has said hard-throwing reliever Derek Law has a chance to make the team this spring, and Law will pitch an inning Tuesday.