Giants mull over options as Tim Hudson continues to struggle


Coming off the worst start of his career in a 17-0 loss to the Dodgers last weekend, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson was shaky again last night, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Padres. He now owns 9.92 ERA over four starts this month.

Hudson has battled a sore hip of late, but he insisted that it wasn’t an issue last night and believes that he just needs to clean up some things in his delivery. Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of that he hasn’t committed to starting him Wednesday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

“We’ll talk about it,” Bochy said. “I won’t talk about it now. I was encouraged after (the first inning), how he started hitting his spots. So we’ll see.

Could Tim Lincecum, who put on his anti-Padres cape to throw two shutout innings of relief, be an option?

“Well, either way,” Bochy said. “That’s an alternative with Timmy. He was our starter for most of the year, so he would be an option.”

Looking beyond Wednesday, it’s now likely that Hudson won’t be in the Giants’ rotation if they advance to the NLDS. You wouldn’t have guessed that one when he had a 1.81 ERA through his first 13 starts this year.