Gerber was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Gerber went 1-for-15 at the dish in four games after having his contract selected, so he'll head back to the minor leagues after getting a taste of the majors.
Gerber will start in left field and bat eighth Monday against the Reds, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Gerber will make his fourth start in as many games since joining the Giants, but he'll drop precipitously in the order after batting second in each of the prior three games. The 26-year-old has struck out in six of his 12 plate appearances to date and has recorded only one hit. Even with Gerardo Parra out of the mix, Gerber may not have a long leash in an everyday role with the big club, especially with Mac Williamson mashing at Triple-A Sacramento and angling for a promotion.
Gerber started in left field and batted second Sunday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 6-5 win over the Reds. Gerber has started all three games in left field since being called up following Gerardo Parra's designation for assignment on May 3. The 26-year-old's success with Triple-A Sacramento (.357/.402/.655) has not carried over to the majors, as he has gone just 1-for-12 in those three starts. Gerber remains on the strong side of a platoon in left field with Tyler Austin, but he could lose playing time to his platoon mate or another outfield option in the minors if he doesn't start stringing some hits together.
Gerber's contract was purchased from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Gerber looks set for an important role with the Giants, as he'll head straight into the second spot in the order while starting in left field Friday against the Reds, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Gerardo Parra was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Gerber will be called up to the big leagues soon, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The promotion is yet to be officially announced but could come prior to Friday's game against the Reds. Gerber hit just .095/.170/.119 in his 18-game debut for the Tigers last season but is hitting .357/.402/.655 with six homers in 21 games for Triple-A Sacramento.