SAN FRANCISCO -- A lot of people believed Kevin Frandsen had no chance to return to the Giants' active roster by the end of the season after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon March 21.
A lot of people were proved wrong on Saturday.
The Giants activated Frandsen from the 60-day disabled list after he demonstrated that he was fit to perform by participating in Arizona instructional league games this past week. For the gritty Frandsen, rejoining the team before the end of the season had just as much symbolic value as practical value, since it gave his comeback added legitimacy.
"I know it's just two days," Frandsen said, referring to Sunday's conclusion of the regular season. "But it's a pretty darned good two days."
Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who plans to use Frandsen off the bench: "He wanted to be here to wrap up the season, and he has worked hard to get to this point."
Frandsen, who probably would have played frequently at second and third base had he remained healthy, thanked the Giants for allowing him to undergo most of his rehabilitation in San Francisco and expressed gratitude to the athletic training staff for working diligently with him. To Frandsen, his activation represented a triumph for the trainers, too.
"It's like an appreciation for all of them for what they've done," Frandsen said. "If I hadn't done it, I would have felt like I let them down because they took time to work with me every day."
Frandsen, 26, must continue to regain his consistency and prove that he's healthy enough to play regularly.
"There's so much more to do," Frandsen said.
He had hoped to play winter ball somewhere, but hasn't found a spot yet, due to the competition for jobs.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.