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Affeldt's return to force tough roster move

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants face a challenging roster decision, perhaps as early as Tuesday, when they activate left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list.

Affeldt's injury rehabilitation performance for Class A Advanced San Jose on Saturday indicated that his sprained right knee has healed. The reliever threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out one.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants face a challenging roster decision, perhaps as early as Tuesday, when they activate left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list.

Affeldt's injury rehabilitation performance for Class A Advanced San Jose on Saturday indicated that his sprained right knee has healed. The reliever threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out one.

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The corresponding roster move the Giants must make when Affeldt returns will require intense thought. Each of the relievers considered most vulnerable to a demotion -- right-handers Juan Gutierrez and Jean Machi and left-hander David Huff -- have no Minor League options remaining. They'd have to clear waivers before the Giants could send them to Triple-A Fresno.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged Sunday that employing a 13-man pitching staff and dropping a position player could be a possibility after Monday's scheduled off-day. Averaging slightly fewer than six innings per game from their starters, the Giants might welcome adding another reliever.

In that event, reserve outfielder Juan Perez could be susceptible to a demotion, since he has Minor League options left. But Bochy sternly cautioned against assuming that this is a likelihood.

"I don't want y'all to come to any conclusions," he said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.

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