SAN FRANCISCO -- The outfield could get a little crowded once Aubrey Huff returns from the disabled list. He's eligible to play Monday in Los Angeles when the Giants open a three-game series against the Dodgers.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made it clear Huff would play left field when he's ready, leaving Nate Schierholtz fighting for playing time.

"If he's ready to go, we'll activate him," Bochy said of Huff. "Left field is the plan for him right now. It's a matter of when we think he's ready and when he feels he's ready."

Huff has been dealing with anxiety disorder but looked to be in good spirits around the clubhouse before Saturday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. He's also been participating in baseball-related activities.

Schierholtz, mired in a 1-for-24 slump over his last 10 games, still has the support of Bochy.

"He's going through his own little something right now, but he's going to find his way back in the lineup," Bochy said. "I know he will."

Schierholtz has seen his batting average melt to .254 from a season-high .372 following a pair of three-hit games during a doubleheader in New York on April 23.

Infielder Sanchez making some progress

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintains there is a "50-50" chance Freddy Sanchez could return to the lineup sometime in May.

"He's doing his throwing and trying to get back to his rehab," Bochy said. "He's doing better."

Sanchez has had a few setbacks in his attempt to return from right shoulder surgery last August. He was originally on track to be in the Opening Day lineup but was shut down after appearing in five Spring Training games.

Sanchez said he felt something in his arm during a recent rehab stint with the San Jose Giants and was again shut down.

After spending several days with the big club, Sanchez was sent to Arizona for additional treatment and workouts before resuming his rehab assignment.

"In his time here, he made some progress," Bochy said. "We're still hopeful we will get him back in May."

Meanwhile, the Giants have used Emmanuel Burriss, Ryan Theriot and Joaquin Arias at second base. The trio has combined to hit .256 with no home runs and nine RBIs.