OAKLAND -- The Giants optioned infielder Ryan Rohlinger to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday to clear roster room as shortstop Edgar Renteria was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
Until recently, infielder Matt Downs easily could have been the one to go. But the rookie has impressed the Giants while hitting .265 in 23 games entering Saturday.
Manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that Downs played his way into staying put.
"He has done what you hope these young players do, and that's improve and force their way onto your club," Bochy said.
Downs, who started 17 games at second base during Freddy Sanchez's absence, drew designated-hitting duties Saturday. Bochy considered using Sanchez as the DH, but the veteran expressed a preference for playing defensively. Upon granting Sanchez's wishes, Bochy didn't hesitate to call on Downs.
"You usually don't DH a young kid like this, but that's how well he's been swinging the bat," Bochy said.
Rohlinger hit .200 (2-for-10) in seven games since being recalled May 7 when Renteria went on the DL.
"He didn't get a lot of playing time, but this kid has really improved," Bochy said. "Instead of having him sitting here, we want to keep him playing."