Solarte was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday but elected to become a free agent instead, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Solarte went unclaimed on the waiver wire after being designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday, so he'll hit the open market. He produced a .205/.247/.315 slash line with a homer and seven RBI across 28 games with San Francisco this season.
Solarte was designated for assignment Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Solarte struggled at the dish through 28 games in the big leagues, batting .205 with a homer and seven RBI. Pat Venditte was also designated for assignment, opening up roster spots for Mac Williamson and Donovan Solano.
Solarte is starting in left field and hitting second Tuesday against the Dodgers. While Solarte had been getting starts in place of Steven Duggar (wrist), who returns to the lineup Tuesday, he will now fill in for Gerardo Parra, who is in the midst of a brutal slump. Solarte is 7-for-20 with a home run and two doubles over his last seven games, and could continue to get steady work until he cools down at the plate.
Solarte started in left field and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Solarte has started five of the Giants' last six games, seeing most of those starts in the outfield in place of the injured Steven Duggar (wrist). Duggar returned as a pinch hitter Monday, which should signal an impending decline in playing time for Solarte. The veteran utility man and his .237/.286/.373 slash line should continue to see starts against southpaws.
Solarte went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Yankees. Solarte hit the home run in the ninth inning as the Giants attempted to erase a six-run deficit, though the comeback effort eventually came up short. The 31-year-old is slashing .235/.291/.373 with seven RBI in 51 at-bats.