SEATTLE -- Confirming a safe assumption, the Giants officially placed first baseman Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained right knee and purchased the contract of outfielder Justin Christian from Triple-A Fresno.
The move signaled a crushing disappointment for Huff, who would have received extensive activity as the Giants' designated hitter during their nine-game road stretch against American League clubs.
"The timing was awful," manager Bruce Bochy said. "[Huff] had been working hard, preparing for these nine days."
Bochy said that Huff, 35, should be ready for reinstatement from the disabled list when he becomes eligible to return June 28.
Bochy immediately thrust Christian into the lineup as the designated hitter for the series opener against the Seattle Mariners. Christian had been thriving with Fresno, batting .364 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs in 60 games and leading the Pacific Coast League with 91 hits.
"Why not put him out there while he's swinging the bat well?" Bochy asked rhetorically.
The Giants removed Christian from the 40-man roster last offseason following a late-season stint with them in which he batted .255 with four RBIs in 18 games. But the San Mateo, Calif., resident elected to re-sign with San Francisco on a Minor League deal.
"Any time you get taken off the roster or demoted, it's not a good feeling," Christian said. "But I loved San Francisco. I really wanted to play for them. Even though I had opportunities to go elsewhere, I wanted to sign back here."