SAN FRANCISCO -- Joaquin Arias signed a Minor League contract with the Giants because his agent, Jeff Correira, thought it was the best chance to get back to the Majors.

The Giants signed him because of his versatility. Arias has played every infield position, though he prefers shortstop.

"But you can put me anywhere and I will play," Arias said. "I have four gloves. My first baseman's mitt is on the way."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he would not hesitate to use Arias at first base in a double-switch situation.

"He's defintely an option," Bochy said. "He can handle that quite well."

Arias is expected to get most of his playing time at second base, and to give Brandon Crawford a rest on occassion at shortstop.

Sandoval's season-opening streak ends at 20

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval saw his Major League-best 20-game hitting streak come to an end Saturday night and he was philosophical about it.

"I learned a lot during the streak and now it's over," he said after going 0-for-4 as the Giants edged the Padres, 2-1. "I learned how to be more patient at the plate and to look for a pitch I can hit."

Sandoval joined some exclusive company with the second 20-game hitting streak of his career. The only other San Francisco Giants to have a pair of 20-plus hitting streaks are in the Hall of Fame: Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.

Streaky starts
Pablo Sandoval's 20-game hitting streak to start the season, which ended Saturday, ranks in the top 10 of season-opening streaks.
Player Year Games
1. George Sisler 1925 34
2. Ron LeFlore 1976 30
3. Sam Rice 1930 28
4. Gee Walker 1937 27
5. Charlie Grimm 1923 25
6. Edgar Renteria 2006 23
7. Joe Torre 1971 22
T8. Steve Garvey 1978 21
T8. Harry Heilmann 1923 21
T10. Eddie Bressoud 1964 20
T10. Pablo Sandoval 2012 20
"It's exciting to be around those guys," said Sandoval, who had hit in every game this season before Saturday night. "They're around here all the time and they can teach you a lot."

Sandoval said he wasn't trying to do too much in his final two at bats, in which he popped up to center and grounded out to the pitcher.

"You're just going to have good days and bad days," he said. "The team won, and we came from behind. That's the good news."

Meanwhile, Angel Pagan bunted for a hit in the eighth inning to run his hitting streak to 13 games.

Edlefsen called up as Hacker sent down

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Edlefsen returned to the Major Leagues on Saturday a wiser, calmer player.

Edlefsen was recalled by the Giants from Triple-A Fresno, taking the place of Eric Hacker, who was brought up from the Grizzlies to make Friday's start and then returned. Edlefsen, a reliever, can make an immediate impact for the bullpen.

"He's a ground-ball guy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has a good sinker and slider. He's going to help us."

Edlefsen made his Major League debut last season and showed up at Spring Training ready for more. That he didn't make the Opening Day roster was a minor disappointment.

"The initial shock of having a lifelong dream come true is out of the way," he said. "Now I can go about my business and settle down. I knew I had to be ready."

Edlefsen has a simple plan for his current tenure with the Giants.

"Throw the ball well and stay," he said.

MRI shows Sanchez's shoulder 'just a strain'

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants received good news concerning the fragile right shoulder of rehabbing infielder Freddy Sanchez.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said results from an MRI taken Friday showed "just a strain" and he should be able to resume his rehab in less than a week.

Sanchez said he felt something in his shoulder while practicing double plays in San Jose earlier this week.

The plan is to keep him in San Francisco for a few days to take batting practice and then to carefully ease him back into his rehab assignment, which was cut short Thursday.