Giants place Aurilia on disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO -- Infielder Rich Aurilia went back on the San Francisco Giants' 15-day disabled list Wednesday so they could activate outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the DL.

Aurilia returned to the DL, this time with an ankle injury, only five days after coming off from a toe infection. Aurilia is now all but assured of finishing the season with the Giants considering he will spend two weeks on the DL and have a rehab outing before rosters expand on Sept. 1. There was speculation the longtime fan favorite might be released in a numbers move to get Schierholtz back on the roster.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Aurilia has tendinitis in his left ankle.

"It's been bothering him a little bit lately," Bochy said. "He had it taped and it got to a point we felt he needed some time."

Aurilia wasn't immediately available for comment. How did he react to going back on the DL so soon?

"He was fine," Bochy said. "I don't get caught up in things that are rumors. We have to be concerned with what we have on the club and what we're going to do."

The 37-year-old Aurilia is batting .220 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 50 games this season, his third back with the Giants after playing for San Francisco from 1995 to 2003.

Aurilia was an All-Star for the Giants in 2001 and helped them to the World Series the next season, when San Francisco lost to the wild-card Angels in Game 7. He has 18 RBIs in 25 career postseason games.

The questions surrounding Aurilia's status have clearly been weighing on him.

Before Tuesday's game, Aurilia said, "I'm active today and that's all you guys need to know." He flied out to left in a pinch-hit appearance.

Schierholtz had been out with a strained left hip. He started in right field and batted fifth Wednesday for San Francisco's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Schierholtz tripled in his first at-bat.