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"You look at our situation and he's our best option," Bochy said. "Sure, he came up here on the fast track but he's our best choice to put out there."
Bumgarner will likely move into the bullpen after this outing.
Molina planned to meet with the pitcher and offer some encouraging words.
"The only thing I can say is be himself," Molina said. "Don't try to make anything happen, just be yourself and go out there with what you have. What you had was going to get you to the big leagues anyway."
San Francisco also recalled right-handed reliever Joe Martinez and infielder Kevin Frandsen from Triple-A Fresno and optioned lefty reliever Alex Hinshaw to Connecticut. The Giants cleared room on the 40-man roster for Bumgarner by designating right-hander Osiris Matos for assignment.
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