SAN FRANCISCO -- After two days of hitting eighth, Freddy Sanchez returned to the second spot Tuesday against the Marlins.

Sanchez has struggled lately, hitting only .192 (10-for-52) in his past 13 games, but went 2-for-2 Monday and also knocked out a hit Sunday against Arizona.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he had told Sanchez the switch was only temporary, but thinks giving Sanchez the day off Saturday helped more than the short-term drop in the order.

"It was time for him to take a break," Bochy said. "He has been swinging better and he's back in the two-hole and hopefully he'll continue to so we get our table setters on and drive them in."

Sandoval late in returning from Venezuela

SAN FRANCISCO -- About an hour before Tuesday's first pitch, Pablo Sandoval had yet to arrive at AT&T Park but was expected around 6:30 p.m. PT.

Sandoval has missed the past two games while in Venezuala dealing with personal issues.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said prior to Tuesday's game that Sandoval wouldn't start but would be available.

Bochy also said Sandoval would likely start Wednesday.

Double-A trainer named to AFL staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona Fall League announced club and field assignments Tuesday for its 2010 season, which begins Oct. 12.

Giants prospects once again will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions, along with D-backs, Orioles, Rockies and Nationals prospects, and will play their home games at Scottsdale Stadium.

Clubs usually announce which players will participate in late August or early September.

The Nationals' Randy Knorr will manage the Scorpions, while Blaine Beatty (Orioles) and Alan Zinter (D-backs) will serve as pitching and hitting coaches, respectively.

The Giants' Eric Ortega, head athletic trainer at Double-A Richmond, will join Colorado's Chris Dovey as club athletic trainers.