Aubrey Huff could be ready to rejoin the team next week

Aubrey Huff leaned on a railing at AT&T Park on Thursday and quickly drew smiles and jokes from teammates and staff. Huff's last experience with the home dugout's railing sent him to the disabled list, but he finally could be close to a return.

Huff has missed 23 games since spraining his right knee while hopping the railing in the celebration after Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13, but manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Huff could rejoin the team next week.

Huff is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment this weekend, likely with the San Jose Giants. If all goes well, he could be activated in time for Tuesday's game in Atlanta.
"He's getting what he needs right now, which is playing time and at-bats," Bochy said. "His knee is doing a lot better. I think he can help us; I know he can."

Huff is 1 for 8 with the San Jose Giants with a homer and two walks. He took part in the San Francisco Giants workout Thursday.

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