Renteria returns to Giants' lineup

Renteria returns to Giants' lineup

TORONTO -- Edgar Renteria made his return to the Giants' starting lineup on Saturday against the Blue Jays. The shortstop had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 26 with a strained right hamstring.

The 33-year old veteran has been hampered by injuries this season, missing 43 of the Giants' 66 games, including a second stint on the DL with a right groin strain from May 7-22.

With Renteria starting at shortstop, manager Bruce Bochy utilized the option to slide the red-hot Juan Uribe into the designated-hitter slot, while bumping Pat Burrell into left field and Andres Torres from left into center. Everyday center fielder Aaron Rowand received the day off but was available to pinch-hit.

"We're in a situation where Uribe's playing so well and Edgar is such a good player," Bochy said.

"It's not a case of [Renteria's] play as much as Juan's play, that's what's tough," Bochy added. "You have a guy [Renteria] who's had quite the career but is caught in a hard spot because you can't put them both out there."

Fortunately for Bochy, the Giants have a looming 19-game stretch beginning on Tuesday, meaning everyone will likely receive enough playing time to remain satisfied.

"It will be a little easier cause we can rotate, give some guys a day off," Bochy said. "Put Juan at third or second, Pablo [Sandoval] at first, get Edgar to move around.

"That will be the time I'll have to rest some guys."

Renteria was hitting .326 with one home run and 11 RBIs prior to coming off the DL. He also owns the second-highest career batting average against Toronto among active players, hitting .344 over 151 at-bats.