Zito was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning with the Giants trailing by three runs in an eventual 7-0 loss to the San Diego Padres.
"He's not here to pitch five innings," Bochy said. "I talked to him. I said, 'Don't think that's always going to be the case, because it's not.' We had a runner on, and down 3-0, we needed some offense. But there's a lot of times he'll hit there."
Zito struck out in his only at-bat Tuesday and is 1-for-30 with 16 strikeouts in his career -- another reason it'll be difficult for Bochy to let him hit in the late innings.
"It's going to be an adjustment for him being in the National League," Bochy said. "He was fine. He said, 'Hey, I trust you.' And he's going to get better with the bat. It's just a matter of getting more at-bats."
Gold Glove for big 4-0
Shortstop Omar Vizquel is treating himself to an unusual 40th birthday gift: his 11th Gold Glove award.
Gold Glove winners usually receive their award in a ceremony before the home opener, but Tuesday's pregame calendar was already crowded with a reunion of 27 former Giants All-Stars. So Vizquel suggested the Giants delay his moment for April 22, when the club finishes a homestand against Arizona. Vizquel turns 40 on April 24.
"I think it'll be nicer that way," he said.
Bochy carried three catchers last year with the Padres, a luxury he doesn't have with the Giants. But he still plans to take advantage of Eliezer Alfonzo's right-handed power off the bench. "It would have to be later in the game, and when we're behind," Bochy said. ... With his home run in the first inning, Barry Bonds moved past Willie Mays for first place on the San Francisco franchise list with 1,481 runs.
-- Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews