Starters set for 2014
Chris Haft of mlb.com also reports that Yusmeiro Petit will compete for the number 5 slot --
Vogelsong, who will face competition from Yusmeiro Petit for the rotation's No. 5 spot, will enter Spring Training more physically refreshed than he was following the 2012 season. Not only did the Giants' surge to the World Series force Vogelsong to work 24 2/3 additional innings spanning four postseason starts, but he also threw more than usual in the offseason to prepare for joining Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Not surprisingly, Vogelsong's fastball velocity dwindled noticeably toward the end of last season, which he finished 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts. By contrast, he went 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA for the Giants in 2011-12. He made the National League All-Star team in 2011 and was the team's leading winner (3-0) in the 2012 postseason.
Petit went 4-1 down the stretch last year in seven starts.
That included coming within an out of a perfect game on Sept. 7