Josh Osich's sophomore campaign was not as successful as his debut in 2015, when he sported a 2.20 ERA. He finished last season with a 4.71 ERA, 1.32 K/BB and a horrendous 1.73 HR/9 in 36.1 innings. In his defense, manager Bruce Bochy was forced to use Osich as a traditional lefty reliever because Javier Lopez already occupied the left-handed specialist role on the team. With Lopez no longer under contract, the role of LOOGY may end up going to Osich, who had noticeable righty-lefty splits last season (.154 BAA and 0.81 HR/9 against lefties compared to .317 BAA and 3.19 HR/9 against righties).
Osich was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Osich was vying for an Opening Day bullpen spot, but his poor showing in the Cactus League resulted in a trip to Sacramento. The 28-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA and 2.36 WHIP with an 8:9 K:BB across 9.1 spring innings. He carries a 3.60 ERA across 65.0 major-league innings over the past two years, so it's likely he'll get a shot at some point in 2017.
Osich's spring training struggles continued Monday -- he walked three and allowed a run in his lone inning of work. Despite his poor Cactus League performance (7.11 ERA), the 28-year-old could end up making the Opening Day roster after Will Smith (elbow) left Monday's game after aggravating his elbow. If the Giants left-handed setup man has to begin the year on the disabled list, both Osich and Steven Okert are likely to make the cut.
Osich's knee is reportedly fully healed after undergoing offseason surgery, according to CSN Bay Area. The injury to Osich's knee was never considered major. The southpaw even pitched through the injury last season to avoid being shut down. After going under the knife this past offseason, he said that his knee feels fine and he should be a go for spring training. Osich will compete with Steven Okert to serve as the club's primary left-handed specialist in middle innings this season.
Osich underwent a minor surgery on his left knee Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Osich is scheduled to return home from his procedure Wednesday and there's no reason to believe that it will impact his availability for the 2017 season. Osich finished the year with a subpar 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, but dominated left-handed hitters. Lefties hit a bleak .154 and recorded only three RBI versus Osich, while righties managed to hit .322 versus the 28-year-old.
Osich (forearm) was reinstated from the DL on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea reports. Osich has been out since July 23, and the team was waiting to activate him on Thursday, with rosters expanding. He should offer bullpen depth in the middle innings over the final month of the season.
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