After Panda returns, Arias to still see action

After Panda returns, Arias to still see action

SAN DIEGO -- Joaquin Arias will cease to be the Giants' everyday third baseman when Pablo Sandoval makes his anticipated return from the disabled list next week. But Arias' versatility should enable him to stay busy.

Arias' ability to play second base and shortstop, as well as third base, should guarantee him at least occasional starts once Sandoval's comeback from a fractured left hamate bone puts him on the bench.

"We'll be able to give guys more rest," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Already this season, Arias has started twice at second base and six times at shortstop.

Bochy reiterated that he wants to give shortstop Brandon Crawford an occasional break. Crawford has started 51 of San Francisco's 58 games. And though Ryan Theriot has evolved into a regular, Bochy might feel compelled to rest the second baseman once in a while as a preventive measure to keep his healed right elbow sound.