SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants described Pablo Sandoval's strained hamstring as "much improved," and they will not place him on the disabled list Friday.
"He's making improvement like we were hoping," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But you have to do the right thing. That's what it's going to come down to."
Bochy wouldn't rule out Sandoval playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.
Asked if Sandoval could be available to pinch hit Friday night in a big situation, Bochy responded, "How big? Oh sure I'd be tempted. They may tell me during the game that he's available."
So is the disabled list ruled out?
"That's always a possibility," Bochy said. "You don't want to do that, unless you have to. Right now, we don't think we have to."
It's still not out of the realm of possibilities that Sandoval ends up on the DL, but the Giants were not ready to make that concession as of pregame Friday.
The Giants could activate first baseman Aubrey Huff at any time.
"He's running well," Bochy said. "He looks good. He's at a point where he could be activated."
The coaching staff will watch Huff take batting practice Friday evening, and it's still possible he could be activated prior to Friday's first pitch.
If Huff is activated, the corresponding move is not expected to involve Sandoval. It would likely be Justin Christian who is sent down to Triple-A.
Hector Sanchez caught five innings in Fresno on Thursday, and his sprained left knee responded well.
Sanchez will catch another seven innings for the Triple-A Grizzlies Friday.
He is eligible to be activated on Thursday.
Sanchez, 22, continues to take ground balls at first and could be a factor there when he returns to the Giants.