A decent time to interview a ballplayer is during or after batting practice as he walks off the field. Sunday, that's when a beat writer asked Ryan Vogelsong to address his status as the Giants' Game 3 starter.

"I'll talk Monday," he said.

No worries. The world can wait a day on Vogelsong.

Tim Lincecum is a different matter. When he tried to exit the field after BP, he was mobbed by reporters. Not only did manager Bruce Bochy announce that Vogelsong is pitching Tuesday, he announced Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time Opening Day starter, would be a reliever until further notice.

No knock on Vogelsong, a wonderful story in his own right, but who's not in the rotation might be a bigger deal than who is, at least in this case.

"I'm just trying to help the team," said Lincecum, who stopped for an interview hours before he made his first relief appearance since Game 6 of the 2010 National League Championship Series. "If that means being in the bullpen, that means being in the bullpen."