Sanchez returns to lineup for Giants

Sanchez returns to lineup for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Freddy Sanchez returned to the Giants' lineup Thursday after missing two games due to a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Sanchez was at his normal spot in the lineup, playing second base and hitting in the second spot.

Sanchez injured his rotator cuff on Saturday against the Rockies while turning a double play. He played in Sunday's series finale but was clearly hindered by the shoulder on defense.

He received a cortisone shot on Tuesday and expected to start Wednesday, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted to give him another day of rest.

"The extra day helped him," Bochy said. "We didn't have to use him [Wednesday], so he had two days off after the injection. ... He's got his normal throwing motion now, unlike in Colorado, so it's good to have him back in there."

In his past 28 games, Sanchez is hitting .393 (44-for-112) with 11 doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs.