HOUSTON -- Aubrey Huff hasn't appeared in a game for the Giants since July 30. He has made eight plate appearances since June 5. Obviously, the man feels restless. "This is boring as hell, I've got to tell you," said Huff, who likely will be reinstated from the disabled list Saturday when active rosters can be expanded to 40 players. Huff knows that he probably won't occupy a prominent role in the stretch drive. But he shares manager Bruce Bochy's hope that he can contribute as a pinch-hitter or late-inning replacement.
"It's a tough time of the year to go out there and try to find some timing," the first baseman said Thursday. "But, in the end, if you get the adrenaline going, none of that is going to matter." Huff, 35, sprained his right knee June 13 as he tried to scale the dugout railing to join the on-field celebration following Matt Cain's perfect game. He also has been bothered by patellar tendinitis in the same knee. Huff said that he's currently in much better shape than he was when the Giants activated him from the DL on July 28. Four days later, he was on the DL again. "I think the first time I tried to rush and push it a little bit, and I set it back," said Huff, who's batting .148 (9-for-61) with one homer and six RBIs in 34 games. "We did a lot of work on it this time around -- not that we didn't the first time, but we just took a little more time to do more stuff for it. It seemed to work out a lot better."