Rickard was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Rickard has been an adequate fifth outfielder but little more than that over parts of four seasons in Baltimore, hitting .245/.299/.372 in 317 games. The 28-year-old will wait in the minors for his next shot at the big leagues and shouldn't be counted on to produce much of note if and when he does arrive, with the difference in home park between Baltimore and San Francisco likely to take a further bite out of his already unimpressive numbers.
Rickard was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Monday. Rickard struggled during his time with the Orioles this season, slashing .203/.304/.347 through 42 games. He didn't do much better after being sent to the minors in May, slashing .203/.338/.469 with four homers and a 16:11 K:BB across 17 games with Triple-A Norfolk before being dropped from the Orioles' 40-man roster. Sean Gilmartin had his contract purchased from Norfolk in a corresponding move.
Rickard was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. Rickard received 32 at-bats this month and hit .219 with an 8:6 K:BB over that stretch. This clears a roster spot for Keon Broxton, for whom the Orioles traded earlier this week.
Rickard will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Rays, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Rickard started 11 games in a row but now seems to have fallen out of favor, at least temporarily. Stevie Wilkerson will start again in center field.
Rickard is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Rickard sits after making 11 straight starts. He hit just .150 over that stretch and has no hits in his last four games. Stevie Wilkerson will fill in for him in center field.