Defender Clarence Goodson's return from a toe injury remains at least a month away, Earthquakes coach Mark Watson said Wednesday.
The center back expects to be in a walking boot for two more weeks, then hopes to need only 14 days to get ready to play.
"We're looking at the first week of October," Watson said.
Goodson, one of the final cuts from the U.S. World Cup team this summer, has not played since July 11. San Jose (6-10-7) has missed his stabilizing influence in allowing 10 goals in the past three games. The eighth-place Quakes hope to get the defense fixed by Saturday for their game against Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Goodson has appeared in only 10 MLS games this season because of injuries and national team duty.
"He's had an issue with his toe for a while," Watson said. "It just flared up to the point where he couldn't move and play. It was painful."
Watson hopes strikers Yannick Djalo and Steven Lenhart will be available by mid-September, if not sooner. Djalo suffered a right quadriceps muscle strain in the Quakes' last victory, against Seattle at Levi's Stadium on Aug. 2. Lenhart, who has appeared in 10 games this season, had surgery on his balky right knee Aug. 1.
San Jose Giants
Brian Ragira hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, and San Jose romped 13-0 at Lake Elsinore. Ragira went 5 for 5 -- three singles, a double and his 19th home run of the season -- to raise his batting average to .260. Two of Ragira's singles were line drives off the 36-foot-high wall in right field as he tied a team record for hits in a game. Daniel Carbonell added four hits for the Giants, who took control with a four-run third. San Jose starter Joe Biagini allowed just two harmless singles over five innings, striking out five and walking one. Jake Smith pitched three hitless innings, and Ray Black had a hitless ninth.
Nonito Donaire of San Leandro will fight Nicholas Walters for the WBA featherweight title Oct. 18 at Carson's StubHub Center. The bout will headline the undercard of Gennady Golovkin's middleweight title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told The Associated Press. Donaire (33-2) and Walters (24-0) both hold versions of the WBA 126-pound belt. Donaire has won his last two bouts since losing his super bantamweight title to Guillermo Rigondeaux last year.
Wire services contributed to this report.