SAN FRANCISCO -- A week and a half removed from losing Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, the Giants are close to being able to activate Guillermo Mota from his 100-game ban.
Mota is eligible to play again starting Tuesday and has been pitching for Triple-A Fresno for the past week to get ready for a possible return.
"He threw last night, and he's throwing the ball well," Bochy said before Friday's game against the Braves.
Bochy said the team isn't sure what course of action it will take once Mota becomes eligible to return and that he will meet with general manager Brian Sabean and vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans in the near future to discuss their plans.
"We'll talk about that situation and about what we'll do," Bochy said.
Theriot a team player despite lost playing time
SAN FRANCISCO -- With Marco Scutaro having taken Ryan Theriot's everyday job at second base, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he is concerned about getting Theriot more at-bats, though he credited the eight-year veteran for his attitude during the transition.
"I've talked to him a couple times," Bochy said. "He's been great about it. He understands that Scutaro plays a great role and has been playing great baseball. He had a great attitude, and he's here to help us win any way he can. It's refreshing to have players like him."
Scutaro shifted from third base after Pablo Sandoval returned from a hamstring injury and has been hitting .337 in 26 games since the Giants acquired him from the Rockies. Theriot has batted .284 in 67 games since returning from the disabled list May 24 and has only started one out of the last nine games.
Theriot joined the Giants in the offseason after signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
"It's so refreshing," Bochy said. "He has no ego. He's not worried about next year, only worried about us winning this year. He says, 'I'm ready; I want to help any way I can.'"
Posey returns, but will be careful running bases
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey was back in the lineup for the Giants' game against the Braves on Friday after missing two games with a tight right hamstring.
Posey said his hamstring has made considerable progress since it bothered him enough to be pulled from the lineup for consecutive games, though he said he will need to remain cautious with the injury throughout the remainder of the season.
"I think anytime you have a little bit of a tweak or whatnot, it's going to take a little bit of time," Posey said. "I'm still on the right track, and it's just a matter of making sure I do everything before the game to be getting loose and ready to go."
Posey, who has never had a hamstring issue in his career, said it's only a concern when he is running and not when he is crouching down to catch and that he would have to be mindful when he is on the basepaths.
"I think it helps that I'm not an Angel Pagan or a [Gregor] Blanco or somebody," Posey said. "I think it's a matter of being smart and getting good jumps on the basepaths."
Bochy shrugs off rumors of big Dodgers trade
SAN FRANCISCO -- The rumors of a blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox didn't prompt much concern from Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
The Dodgers were reported to be in discussions Friday to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Red Sox.
"We're hearing the news," Bochy said. "It's like I always say: You can't be worried about things you can't control. We can control what we do here, which is to go out and win every game. I don't know what's going to happen there, and it really shouldn't matter to us."
Bochy added that the rumored deal could boost confidence in the Giants clubhouse, knowing that the second-place Dodgers are aggressively adding players in their pursuit of the Giants.
"We have the talent here; it's doesn't matter what the other clubs do," Bochy said.
Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.