SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevin Frandsen's conversion to shortstop this season at Triple-A Fresno has proven timely for the Giants.
With Edgar Renteria sidelined by a strained right hamstring and Juan Uribe on bereavement leave to visit an ailing grandfather in the Dominican Republic, the Giants recalled Frandsen from Fresno and started him at shortstop Sunday against the New York Mets.
Frandsen might not stay for long. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Uribe probably will rejoin the club in San Diego on Wednesday, the first day he's eligible to return. Then again, the remote possibility exists that Renteria's status -- he reported improvement Sunday, but admitted that he was in pain Saturday -- could require him to go on the 15-day disabled list, which would buy Frandsen extra time.
"I told him, 'Go out there and play,'" Bochy said. "You never know. Go out there and show what you can do."
What Frandsen has done since losing the second-base competition in Spring Training to Emmanuel Burriss is gain familiarity with a position he struggled to master in Spring Training 2008, when Omar Vizquel was sidelined.
"It's something I have to continue to work on," said Frandsen, who played shortstop in 24 of his 34 games with Fresno. By comparison, he made 25 Major League appearances at shortstop in 2006-07. Primarily a second baseman through his career, Frandsen has seen occasional action at that position with Fresno, though Matt Downs tops the Grizzlies' depth chart at second.
Frandsen also hit .291 with three home runs and 17 RBIs while batting second and third with Fresno. With runners in scoring position, he's batting .370 (10-for-27) with 14 RBIs.
A favorite with many Giants fans due to his background as a San Jose native who grew up rooting for the team, Frandsen acknowledged that he was emotional upon being sent to Triple-A. But he said nary a discouraging word in his first extended chat with reporters since Spring Training.
"There was a lot of stuff, but that's in the past," said Frandsen, who missed virtually the entire 2008 season with a injured left Achilles tendon. "That was March 31. That was awhile ago. A lot of baseball players go through the same situation all the time. I probably wouldn't have done any justice to myself if I said anything. I'm excited for where I am."
Asked if he sensed he would rejoin the Giants at some point this season, Frandsen said, "I've always had that confidence. ... I feel like I'm a Major League player, but I had that year off and things have changed a little bit as far as management's thought process toward me."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.