Moronta pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn a hold in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rockies. He struck out two. Moronta threw only 14 pitches (10 strikes) in the inning. The right-hander has a 2.25 ERA, 0.25 WHIP and two holds over four innings this season. As long as he keeps pitching well, Moronta will be in the mix for high-leverage work, although most save chances will likely go to Jake McGee.
Moronta pitched a perfect seventh inning and earned a hold in Monday's 3-2 win over the Padres. Moronta retired Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham on groundouts. The 28-year-old Moronta allowed a homer versus the Mariners on Saturday, but he's still expected to log most of his innings in high-leverage situations. He posted a 2.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 15 holds across 56.2 innings in 2019, but Moronta missed all of 2020 as he recovered from a surgically repaired torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Moronta threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in Saturday's spring training win over Cleveland. He was throwing his fastball around 92 mph. "Obviously, we feel like when when he is at his best, he's throwing a little bit harder than that," manager Gabe Kapler told the San Francisco Chronicle. It was Moronta's spring debut after missing last season due to shoulder surgery. He averaged 97.2 mph with his fastball in 2019, so he likely has a ways to go to build back to his prior form.
Moronta signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 27-year-old missed last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2019, but he's now officially under contract for 2021. Moronta has a 2.66 ERA since making his big-league debut in 2017, and he's expected to be in competition for the closer's role in spring training,
Moronta (shoulder) won't be included on the Giants' taxi squad for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, signaling that he won't return from the 45-day injured list in 2020, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Moronta has been sidelined for just over a year after undergoing surgery last September to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He appeared to have made good progress while rehabbing at the Giants' alternate training site in Sacramento, reaching the final phase of his recovery program by facing hitters in simulated games last week. However, with the Giants closing their alternate site for the season, Moronta wasn't going to have the opportunity to work out regularly in a team environment, so he'll continue to build up his arm at home over the winter. The reliever should enter spring training with few restrictions, if any.
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