SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At the San Francisco Giants' spring training camp, all eyes will be on pitcher Tim Hudson and left fielder Michael Morse.
The 2014 roster will look much like the 2013 roster. In fact, it's not a whole lot different from the 2012 team that won the World Series.
Two exceptions will be the talk of training camp: Hudson and Morse, both signed to free-agent contracts to fill gaping holes.
Last year, left field was supposed to be a Gregor Blanco-Andres Torres platoon, but center fielder Angel Pagan's injury problems exposed the Giants' lack of depth. The rotation was thin by season's end, another area that needed beefing up.
Enter Hudson and Morse.
Other stories will be hot in the Giants' camp, including Pablo Sandoval (he could be in line for a contract extension if he shows he's in good physical shape), Buster Posey (his numbers tailed off from his 2012 MVP season, and he strengthened his legs in the offseason) and Tim Lincecum (how will he perform after returning to the fold with a two-year, $36 million contract?).
But if Hudson and Morse don't bring their A game, other stories might not matter.
Hudson is coming off a right ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season. He said the surgically repaired ankle is close to 100 percent and that he should be able to open the season in the starting rotation.
"I don't think it's going to be a problem," said Hudson, who has 205 career wins, tied with CC Sabathia for tops among active pitchers. "As of right now, it's responding really well."
Morse is coming off finger, quadriceps and wrist injuries and said at the Giants' fanfest in San Francisco that he's good to go. Hudson missed fanfest because of storms in the South, but he reported to camp with good news about his health.
Now it's a matter of keeping Hudson and Morse healthy and prosperous throughout the season.