MIAMI -- Ryan Theriot has always hit consistently. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes that Theriot can begin doing that for the Giants.
San Francisco reinstated Theriot from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and Bochy plans on playing him in consecutive games beginning Friday to give the .280 lifetime hitter a chance to establish himself. Before being sidelined with a strained right elbow, Theriot hit .179 in 20 games. He didn't start Thursday because Bochy thought he might be fatigued from traveling all day.
The Giants have sorely missed the offensive production Freddy Sanchez brought them. Since Sanchez, who's recovering from a dislocated right shoulder and battling back pain, doesn't appear ready to return anytime soon, the Giants need somebody to fill the void at second base.
Emmanuel Burriss, who has received most of the activity at that spot, entered Thursday hitting .202.
"It's fair to say that Manny has been struggling," Bochy said.
Theriot, a six-year veteran, could serve as a decent replacement for Sanchez if he approaches his career standards.
Overall entering Thursday, Giants second basemen ranked last among their National League counterparts in runs (10), on-base percentage (.237) and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage, .431), and next-to-last in RBIs (seven) and batting average (.188).
"We need to get our bats going," Bochy said.