This battle favors the young gun.
Miguel Tejada has benefited the most from the injuries of Pablo Sandoval and Mark DeRosa. Tejada has played a lot of third base this year in their absence. Tejada is 37, and has lost more than a step.
Tejada has received 195 at bats this year, and has posted a .210 average with one HR and 16 RBI. His stats have seen a major decline this year, and his OBP doesn't help at .233. Tejada has also made seven errors.
Pablo Sandoval has begun to swing a bat again, meaning Tejada's days at third are limited. Sandoval hit three HRs the other day during BP, two from the left side and one from the right side.
Brandon Crawford was said to not be ready for major league pitching. This may be true, but in 18 ABs Crawford has a .333 average with one HR and 6 RBI.
Crawford hit pretty well while in the minors. In 59 ABs in San Jose, Crawford hit .322 with three HRs and 15 RBI.
Verdict: Once Pablo Sandoval returns, you would have to believe that Tejada will hit the bench. Tejada may get some playing time at short, when Bochy wants to give Crawford a day off.
Crawford has played extremely well lately. The shortstop position should be his to lose or keep. Tejada has already lost it based on his poor hitting statistics.