SAN FRANCISCO -- If Miguel Tejada maintains his recent performance level, Giants manager Bruce Bochy might have to resort to creative means to keep him in the lineup once Pablo Sandoval is activated from the disabled list.
Tejada entered Friday batting .223 overall. But he owned a season-high six-game hitting streak, during which he was batting .320 (8-for-25), and he extended it to seven games with a first-inning double Friday. Tejada might have to keep hitting to force Bochy's hand.
"As far as what we're going to do on a consistent basis, I won't know until Pablo gets back," Bochy said Friday.
Sandoval, playing with Triple-A Fresno on an injury rehabilitation assignment to test his surgically repaired right hand, is expected to rejoin the Giants during their June 14-16 series at Arizona.
Third base will belong to Sandoval, thus displacing Tejada, who made two outstanding plays while manning third Thursday night. Bochy already has said that rookie Brandon Crawford will continue to receive significant playing time at shortstop. So returning Tejada to that spot, where he has started 27 games, appears unlikely.
Bochy mentioned that Sandoval conceivably could play a game or two each week at first base to rest Aubrey Huff, thus vacating third base for Tejada.
Tejada has never played first base, second base or the outfield during his 15-year Major League career.