Renteria's return makes infield crowded

Renteria's return makes infield crowded

OAKLAND -- Once Juan Uribe fully eases the tightness in his left hamstring and is able to resume playing regularly, he probably won't.

But manager Bruce Bochy indicated Saturday that he'll find a way to solve the potential middle-infield glut formed by second baseman Freddy Sanchez, shortstop Edgar Renteria and Uribe, who has proven capable of starting at either position. The crowding was officially created Saturday when Renteria, having recovered from a right groin strain, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Bochy didn't divulge details, but he hinted that he'll periodically rest Renteria and Sanchez to keep Uribe active. Uribe also could play third base, with Pablo Sandoval moving to first, when Aubrey Huff needs a break. The point is not to lose Uribe's bat, since he's hitting .277 and leads San Francisco with 25 RBIs.

Bochy said that he met with the infielders involved to discuss the situation.

"Some guys will be moving around, getting a day off, things like that," Bochy said Saturday. "It's a very workable situation. It's really a good situation to be in, where you can rest guys. We have some movable parts here."

Uribe remained on day-to-day playing status and was available to pinch-hit, said Bochy, who felt confident that Uribe will avoid the disabled list and shouldn't be sidelined for an extended period.

In another injury-related matter, Bochy said that left fielder Mark DeRosa (left wrist) won't be physically ready to rejoin the Giants by Tuesday, the first day he's eligible for activation from the disabled list. It's possible that DeRosa will have begun a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment by then.