The Giants activated Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list prior to the first pitch of Monday night's game against the Washington Nationals, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Sandoval will not start but will be available off the bench. He's expected to resume his role as the starting third baseman on Tuesday.

The Giants had postponed making Sandoval's activation official as they weighed a corresponding move. After batting practice, the front office and coaching staff ultimately decided to stay with a 13-man pitching staff and optioned infielder Brett Pill to Triple-A Fresno.