TORONTO -- Edgar Renteria made his return to the Giants' starting lineup on Saturday against the Blue Jays. The shortstop had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 26 with a strained right hamstring.The 33-year old veteran has been hampered by injuries this season, missing 43 of the Giants' 66 games, including a second stint on the DL with a right groin strain from May 7-22. With Renteria starting at shortstop, manager Bruce Bochy utilized the option to slide the red-hot Juan Uribe into the designated-hitter slot, while bumping Pat Burrell into left field and Andres Torres from left into center. Everyday center fielder Aaron Rowand received the day off but was available to pinch-hit. "We're in a situation where Uribe's playing so well and Edgar is such a good player," Bochy said. "It's not a case of [Renteria's] play as much as Juan's play, that's what's tough," Bochy added. "You have a guy [Renteria] who's had quite the career but is caught in a hard spot because you can't put them both out there." Fortunately for Bochy, the Giants have a looming 19-game stretch beginning on Tuesday, meaning everyone will likely receive enough playing time to remain satisfied. "It will be a little easier cause we can rotate, give some guys a day off," Bochy said. "Put Juan at third or second, Pablo [Sandoval] at first, get Edgar to move around. "That will be the time I'll have to rest some guys." Renteria was hitting .326 with one home run and 11 RBIs prior to coming off the DL. He also owns the second-highest career batting average against Toronto among active players, hitting .344 over 151 at-bats.
Bochy defends giving 3-0 green light
TORONTO -- With men on first and third and no outs in the first inning of Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Giants manager Bruce Bochy gave Juan Uribe the green light on a 3-0 count against inconsistent Jays starter Brandon Morrow -- a reoccurring theme for the Giants this season.In an attempt to capitalize on the situation, Uribe swung through the offering for strike one. While Uribe ended up striking out, Bochy stood by his decision not to give Uribe the take signal. "You have the heart of the order up there and you get a chance to do some damage, you [have] to let those guys loose," Bochy said. "Juan just expanded the zone and he was upset with himself. "First and third with your best RBI guy, leading the team in home runs and RBIs, you're going to let him go." The Giants did manage to scratch one run out of the situation, as third baseman Pablo Sandoval walked with two outs and the bases loaded. Bochy added that, although the situation led to an unfavorable outcome this time around, it has paid off in the past. He alluded to an Aubrey Huff 3-0, two-out, double on May 20 against the D-backs that scored two runs in what was a tie ballgame. The Giants' manager did acknowledge, however, that he must also be conscious of career numbers with 3-0 counts, not simply the player's current hitting streaks. "Its up to me to adjust once you see how they handle hitting with 3-0," Bochy said.
The Giants will in fact skip the fifth starter in their rotation -- lefty Joe Martinez -- against the Astros on Tuesday. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum will make his 15th start of the season, pitching on five days' rest. ... This weekend's series against the Blue Jays marks the first time these two clubs have met since 2007. The Giants last appearance at Rogers Centre dates back to 2002. ... Several of the Giants, including second baseman Freddy Sanchez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, have cited difficulties dealing with the turf in Toronto. While they said their is nothing physically wrong with the surface, it's just difficult to become accustomed to. Rogers Centre is one of two Major League stadiums that still uses artificial turf -- Tropicana Field being the other.
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.