WASHINGTON -- Though Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that first baseman Aubrey Huff was expected to serve as Class A San Jose's designated hitter Thursday, Huff wasn't in the lineup after experiencing soreness in his right knee a day earlier as he began his injury rehabilitation assignment to the Minors.

Huff hurt himself while running the bases Wednesday. He initially sustained the injury on June 13 while trying to scale the AT&T Park dugout railing to join teammates celebrating Matt Cain's perfect game.

Huff, batting .155 with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games, remains likely to rejoin the Giants soon after the All-Star break.

Bochy tips cap to Nationals skipper Johnson

WASHINGTON -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited his Washington counterpart, Davey Johnson, with a significant assist in furthering his Major League career.

Following three seasons with the Houston Astros (1978-80) in which he hit .239, Bochy migrated to the New York Mets system, where he spent 1981 and most of 1982 at Triple-A. Johnson, then a roving Minor League instructor with the Mets, advised Bochy to abandon the opposite-field hitting approach that the Astros emphasized and try to pull the ball instead.

"It got me back to the Major Leagues, made me a threat and gave me more power," said Bochy, a former catcher. In fact, he hit four homers in 305 at-bats with the Astros and 22 homers in 497 at-bats through the rest of his career.

Johnson feels no need to adjust Bochy's managerial style.

"He handles a pitching staff really well, and I think that's always the toughest job for a manager," Johnson said. "He's also a good judge of talent and a good people person. He knows how to use his whole bench."