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Giants activate Santiago Casilla, add Jeff Francoeur to roster

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Giants added both Santiago Casilla (left) and Jeff Francoeur to the team on Saturday.
The Giants added both Santiago Casilla (left) and Jeff Francoeur to the team on Saturday. (USATSI)

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The Giants have activated right-hander Santiago Casilla off the 15-day DL and added outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the active roster. To clear roster space, right-hander Jean Machi and infielder Nick Noonan were sent to Triple-A Fresno.

Casilla, 32, has been out since mid-May after having surgery to treat a cyst in his right knee. It limited him earlier that month before requiring the DL stint. In 21 games and 19 innings before the injury, Casilla pitched to a 1.89 ERA despite walking (13) nearly as many batters as he struck out (16). He has a 2.19 ERA in four years with the Giants and has emerged as one of Bruce Bochy's top late-game relievers.

Francoeur, 29, signed a minor-league deal with San Francisco a few days ago after being designated for assignment by the Royals. He went 4-for-18 (.222) in four Triple-A games in an effort to get acclimated to left field after playing right his entire career. Francoeur hit .208/.249/.322 (56 OPS+) in 59 games before being cut loose by Kansas City.

The 31-year-old Machi has a 3.58 ERA and 4.80 K/BB in 27 2/3 relief innings for the Giants this season. Noonan, 24, has hit just .213/.255/.236 (44 OPS+) in 94 plate appearances spread according 52 games for San Francisco this year, his first taste of the big leagues.

To clear a 40-man roster spot for Francoeur, 25-year-old right-hander Chris Heston was designated for assignment. He had a 5.80 ERA a 2.11 K/BB 108 2/3 innings spread across 19 starts for Fresno.

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