Durham nears return to Giants' lineup

Durham nears return to Giants' lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Second baseman Ray Durham is likely a day or two away from returning to the Giants' lineup, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.

Durham, 36, hasn't started a game since May 2 in Philadelphia. Since then, he has pinch-hit three times in eight games, including Sunday. Seated at his locker with his pulled hamstring heavily wrapped while watching a DVD of his at-bats on a laptop computer, Durham said that his hamstring doesn't bother him when he hits but still hampers his running.

Durham increased his pregame activity Monday by stretching with the team, partaking in light jogging and taking batting practice.

"It's a lot better," Durham said. "It's better than it was two days ago. We're moving in the right direction."

Bochy reiterated that the Giants missed the switch-hitting Durham during their recent run of six consecutive games against left-handed pitchers, and statistics bear this out. Entering Monday, Durham was batting .269 while playing second base. His 2-for-13 effort as a pinch-hitter dropped his overall average to .250. Aside from Durham, Giants second basemen -- primarily Eugenio Velez and Emmanuel Burriss -- had combined to hit .144.

In another injury-related item, Bochy said that right-hander Kevin Correia, who's sidelined by a strained left side, might throw 10 pitches off a bullpen mound Wednesday or Thursday. Correia hasn't pitched since April 26.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.