The San Francisco Giants had a bevy of moves on the agenda before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As presumed, Pablo Sandoval was sent to the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring, and Aubrey Huff was called up.
Sandoval strained his hamstring stretching for a ball in the dirt at first base while turning a double play on Tuesday.
“We just don’t want to go short here for a really unknown number of days,” manager Bruce Bochy said on Sandoval’s injury. “It could be 10 days -- just aren’t sure on this one, so the best thing to do is give him his 15 days and make sure he fully recovers from the strained hamstring.”
Bochy said Huff will get a few starts here and there but will be used primarily off the bench and in double-switch situations.
The other news had to do with the arrival of Marco Scutaro, who the Giants picked up from the Colorado Rockies on Friday in exchange for prospect Charlie Culberson.
The coinciding move designated Emmanuel Burris for assignment. He is left without any options and will be looking for a new team in the coming days.
Burris did say San Francisco was “one of my favorite cities” on his way out of the clubhouse, saying his goodbyes to his Giants teammates before San Francisco played the Dodgers on Saturday.
“A lot of times you see players like this that once they’re out there it moves pretty quick,” Bochy said in regards to Burris possibly landing with a new team fairly soon. “My guess is something will happen here fairly soon here with Manny.”
He said he expects Burris to have a job by Tuesday.
As for the move that sent Burris out of San Francisco, Scutaro will be wearing No. 19 after a quick talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti before Saturday’s game and a few minutes into his arrival into the Giants’ clubhouse.
Bochy expects him to play primarily third base, but says he has the capabilities to play the entire infield.
“I’m comfortable with him adjusting (at third base),” Bochy said. “He’s a good athlete, and we’ve seen a lot of shortstops go to third base and make that transition very easily.”
Scutaro will be batting seventh and playing third base in Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.