The Giants called up left-handed reliever Josh Osich on Friday, sending down Mike Broadway and optioning Brett Bochy. The swap of Sacramento relievers isn't a stunner. The admission that the younger Bochy probably isn't a part of the near or distant future is, though.
Having Osich on the roster instead of Broadway is apparently about not having to get Javier Lopez up in the bullpen every day. The 26-year-old was striking out a batter per inning in Double-A before a recent promotion to Triple-A, where he threw two scoreless innings. He had a miserable year last year because of shoulder problems, but he was one of the Giants' better relief prospects before that. He throws in the mid-90s when he's right, which he apparently is this season.
The other side of the Bruce Bochy managing his own son is that, well, it's going to get really awkward when it doesn't work out. Bochy (the pitcher) was scuffling at Triple-A with a 4.30 ERA in 23 games, with a well-below-average strikeout rate. Relievers have freaky, unusual career paths, so it's premature to say this is the end for him, but he certainly didn't have a place on the 40-man roster. This actually happened sooner than I expected, even if it was time.
New Giants players, everyone! I do enjoy a nice debut in the summer.