Schafer agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. The former outfielder was in camp with the Cardinals this spring, but he was released in late March. Schafer did undergo elbow surgery a year ago, but this seems like a relatively low-risk move for San Francisco. The southpaw will likely report to Triple-A to act as organizational depth.
Schafer was released by the Cardinals, Baseball America reports. St. Louis gave Yefri Perez a minor-league deal, and cut Schafer to make room for him in the organization. His career may be winding down, as he experimented with a move to the mound a couple years ago but then suffered an elbow injury. Schafer is reportedly healthy physically, but the Cardinals obviously didn't like his chances of ever being a major contributor out of the big-league bullpen.
Schafer was moved from Cardinals spring training to minor-league camp Sunday. Over just two games (0.2 innings) of Grapefruit League ball, Schafer surrendered seven runs on six hits and three walks. To make matters worse, he blew a save in each of his appearances. Schafer, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015, will likely open the year at Triple-A Memphis.
Schafer (forearm) said Sunday that he's made a full recovery from surgery last spring to repair a torn ligament, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It was initially feared that Schafer, who transitioned to relief pitching in 2016 after performing poorly at the plate during his five seasons as a major-league outfielder, would require Tommy John surgery after suffering from forearm issues last spring, but the damage didn't prove to be as severe as expected. The procedure to repair a ligament still ended up sidelining Schafer for much of the 2017 campaign, though the 31-year-old returned late in the season to play DH and outfield in a handful of games for two of the Cardinals' minor-league affiliates. Schafer resumed mound work about a month after the season concluded and shouldn't face many restrictions in the spring in his quest to win a spot in the big-league bullpen as a non-roster invitee. Though his hitting has left much to be desired throughout his career, Schafer's excellent speed has always made him a serviceable pinch runner and outfield defender. Having that skill might give him an edge over some of the pitchers he'll be competing with for bullpen jobs if all other things are relatively equal.
Schafer successfully underwent a repair of his elbow ligament Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. It was uncertain which procedure Schafer would undergo until Friday, but it turns out he was able to opt for a Tommy John alternative that generally carries a shorter recovery time. The "primary repair" option will still sideline Schafer for the entire 2017 season, but he shouldn't have any issues entering 2018.