The San Francisco Giants were busy on Tuesday evening, with roster additions, rotation changes and plans for younger players making more appearances in September.
Jeff Francoeur was designated for assignment and Chad Gaudin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with carpal tunnel. Barry Zito will pitch in Gaudin’s place tomorrow to finish off the series against Boston, and manager Bruce Bochy hopes he will be able to stay in the rotation, noting that “he’s earned this.”
Mike Kickham and Jean Machi have been recalled from Fresno to fill in the empty spots. Kickham took a no hitter into the seventh inning with Fresno on August 1, but his success in the minors hasn’t translated into the big leagues quite yet. He currently has 22 earned runs (including six homers) over 18.2 innings of work.
Bochy mentioned that the younger players would be given more time in September, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see prospects getting more playing time earlier than that. Brett Pill will be spending more time in left field, according to Bochy, and took grounders at third base tonight during batting practice.
The Francouer move was a result of several things, including the organization’s plan to play prospects in the last month of the season and the progress of Angel Pagan, who will join the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday to continue his rehabilitation. Losing Francoeur opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Giants and with the plans to play prospects, Heath Hembree could be the newest addition to that list.
Tonight, Ryan Vogelsong will face the Red Sox’s Jake Peavy. After allowing just two earned runs through six innings in his return from the disabled list, Vogelsong didn’t make it through the fourth in his next start.
Peavy is 12-9 with a 3.51 ERA against the Giants, and gave up two runs through six innings in his third start with the Red Sox.
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