Manager Bruce Bochy believes that first baseman Aubrey Huff, who's on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder, should be fit for reinstatement when he becomes eligible next Monday.
"It's just a matter of whether he's mentally ready," Bochy said Tuesday.
Huff took early batting practice with teammates Tuesday and drove several pitches solidly to right field.
"He looked like he got some good swings off," Bochy said.
Bochy said that Dan Runzler experienced a "mild setback" in his recovery from a strained left side, explaining why the left-hander was in the Giants clubhouse awaiting an examination from team orthopedist Ken Akizuki. Bochy said that the source of Runzler's discomfort could be torn scar tissue, which wouldn't be serious. Runzler, who has made three one-inning appearances in extended spring training games, said that he feels close to being ready for a Minor League injury rehabilitation stint.
Ryan Theriot's success against Miami right-hander Ricky Nolasco (.444, 4-for-9) accounted for the start he received at second base over switch-hitting Emmanuel Burriss. Bochy otherwise played percentages by returning left-handed hitters Brandon Belt, Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford to the lineup in an effort to counter Nolasco.