Rutledge was released by the Giants on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rutledge posted a woeful .188 OPS over 18 games with Triple-A Sacramento this season, so the Giants decided to let him pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Rutledge was informed Tuesday that he did not make the Giants' Opening Day roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Rutledge put together a strong spring performance -- slashing .324/.381/.486 in 37 at-bats -- but ultimately came up short in his battle with Kelby Tomlinson to secure a reserve utility infield role with the Giants. The 28-year-old will now have to begin the season with Triple-A Sacramento and await a potential in-season promotion to the majors.
Rutledge is being considered for one of the Giants' final roster spots this spring, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Kelby Tomlinson has been expected to fill the Giants' backup middle infield role, but Rutledge's presence this late in camp suggests that a final decision has not been made yet. The 28-year-old slashed .224/.297/.262 in 118 plate appearances with the Red Sox last season, so he wouldn't gain much fantasy value even in the scenario where he makes the cut and has to fill in for an injured starter at some point this year.
Rutledge (hip) will man the keystone and bat sixth against the Dodgers on Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rutledge missed a majority of the 2017 campaign with various injuries, including a hip ailment that forced him to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery in late August. He appears to be at full health this spring and will compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a utility man.
Rutledge (hip) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Rutledge is coming off an injury-filled campaign that saw him appear in just 37 games for the Red Sox due to a hamstring injury, a concussion and season-ending hip surgery he underwent in August. He wasn't really effective when healthy, turning in an unremarkable .224/.297/.262 line. He's expected to be healthy by spring training, where he'll compete for a roster spot as the Giants' utility infielder.