Hamstring keeps Uribe out of opener

Hamstring keeps Uribe out of opener

OAKLAND -- The Giants hope to resist placing infielder Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list, but they considered his strained left hamstring troublesome enough to scratch him from playing shortstop in Monday night's lineup.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Uribe, 30, didn't feel ready to move laterally as a shortstop should. Edgar Renteria, San Francisco's regular shortstop, replaced Uribe in the lineup.

Bochy expressed hopes that Uribe, who has pinch-hit twice since making his last appearance in the field June 13, will be able to play a position by Tuesday. Bochy said that Uribe was fit to pinch-hit and even added that he could play infield Monday in an emergency.

"He's really close [to being sufficiently healthy]," Bochy said.

Asked about the possibility of moving Uribe to the DL, Bochy said, "If it goes a couple of more days and we don't feel like he's right there at being 100 percent, sure, you start to think about that. But that's the last thing we want to do, to be honest."

Uribe, who's hitting .293 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 44 games, has started once at second base, six games at shortstop and 23 at third base.

In another health-related matter, right-hander Joe Martinez rejoined the club en route to what he believes will be a two-game injury rehabilitation stint with Class A San Jose beginning Thursday, followed by an appearance or two with Triple-A Fresno. At that point, Martinez should be set to be activated from the DL, though whether the Giants can use him -- given their bullpen's overall effectiveness -- is debatable.

Martinez started and threw 2 2/3 innings Sunday for the Giants' Arizona League affiliate, allowing three runs and four hits. His statistics weren't important; the work he received was. It was Martinez's first official game activity since he was skulled by a Mike Cameron line drive in the season's third game, aside from a couple of sessions of live batting practice and a simulated game at the Giants' extended spring training camp in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Martinez, 26, said that he wasn't the least bit wary of batted balls coming his way in the wake of his horrific experience, which left him with three fractures in his skull and a concussion.

"I didn't anticipate having any problem with that," Martinez said. "I've never really been scared of the ball before. I'm not going to get scared now."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.