ST. LOUIS -- Reinstating infielder Rich Aurilia from the bereavement list looks like it's going to be more than an ordinary procedural move.
It was expected that Aurilia, who left the team last Sunday to attend to the death of his father, would rejoin the active roster Friday for the start of the 10-game homestand that will lead the Giants into the All-Star break.
But manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday there's a "good chance" that the Giants will keep Aurilia inactive for the seven-day bereavement limit. That would give them two more days to decide how they'd accommodate Aurilia's return.
The Giants might want to wait to see how right-hander Ryan Sadowski fares in Friday's series opener against Houston. Aurilia's assignment to the bereavement list cleared room for Sadowski when the Giants purchased his contract from Triple-A Fresno so he could start last Sunday at Milwaukee.
But Bochy indicated it's not a certainty that Sadowski or any other pitcher will be removed to clear room for Aurilia. With the possible exception of Jonathan Sanchez (2-8, 5.45 ERA), no pitcher has performed poorly enough to warrant demotion, and Sadowski earned himself at least one more start by pitching six shutout innings last Sunday at Milwaukee.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.