Manager Bruce Bochy said he hasn’t had time to digest the ESPN report that said MLB is prepared to suspend as many as 20 players for their alleged involvement with a Miami-area clinic that is the subject of a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Just the same, he said, he is all in favor of stiff penalties for players found guilty of taking banned substances. The report said players are facing 50- or 100-game suspensions.

“If it’s 100 (games), it’s a pretty good punishment,” Bochy said. “I always thought they should be a little stricter to keep these players from trying to beat the system and cheat. I’m all for stiffer penalties.”

Bochy said he isn’t surprised that players still are willing to risk punishment by MLB for taking banned substances.

He added that he hopes that MLB has finalized its investigation and the steps it takes from here will help deter others in the future.

“It looks like they’ve made progress in the investigation and (we’ll) find out, who are the guys that have been getting some help?” Bochy said. “I’m all for it; I am. That’s the best thing for baseball, doing all we can to clean the game up.”



– Centerfielder Angel Pagan sat out Wednesday’s game, marking the 10th straight game that he missed with a strained left hamstring.

Bochy said that he is hopeful of getting Pagan back in time for Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.



– Bochy said he doesn’t have any plans of altering his pitching rotation in the foreseeable future.



– The Giants are 7-0 in Barry Zito’s home starts this season. Zito is 4-0 in those seven games, with a 1.40 ERA. He is 0-3, 10.19 ERA on the road.