A blurry-eyed Marco Scutaro walked into the Giants clubhouse two hours before game time Saturday and was immediately put in the lineup at third base and batting seventh.
"It might take a little while to get used to the angle," said Scutaro, who has not played third since he was with Oakland in 2008. "The angle is different off the bat. You just try to catch the ball."
The NL West leaders also activated Aubrey Huff from the disabled list before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
To make room on the roster, San Francisco put infielder Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and designated infielder Emmanuel Burriss for assignment.
"There are a little more emotions with the Giants since I’ve been here since I got drafted," Burriss said. "But if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this is a big business," Burriss said. "I can understand they wanted to make moves and it looks like the best move for both sides."
Scutaro was obtained by the Giants during Friday night’s 5-3 loss to the Dodgers in a trade that sent minor league infielder Charlie Culberson to the Colorado Rockies.
"It’s special to go from a last-place team to a first-place team," Scutaro said. "There’s an opportunity to play in the playoffs and that’s something we’ve all been preparing for."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Scutaro would be the primary third baseman until Sandoval returns from the disabled list.
"We want to make sure he’s fully recovered," Bochy said. "We didn’t want to go short here for whatever number of days it will be."
Huff will be utilized as a defensive replacement, pinch hitter and part-time starter.