Long is expected to serve as the Giants' primary pitcher behind opener Zack Littell in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports. In his major-league debut June 9 in Texas, Long excelled while working behind Littell. After Littell exited following a scoreless first inning, Long permitted only one run on one hit and one walk while striking out seven over four frames. Since Long didn't cover any more than four innings in any of his six minor-league outings prior to his call-up last week, the Giants likely won't ask him to work much longer Tuesday than he did in his MLB debut. Even so, Long will still be the Giants pitcher most likely to factor into any decision against Arizona.
Long allowed one run on a hit and a walk in four innings while striking out seven in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision. Entering as a bulk reliever after Zack Littell opened with a scoreless first, Long pitched extremely well and would've qualified for a win if not for Tyler Rogers' blown save in the ninth. The 25-year-old is expected to join the starting rotation and looks built up for such a role after throwing 69 pitches Wednesday. Long is projected to make his first career start Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Long's contract was selected by the Giants on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Long will make his major-league debut Wednesday against the Rangers, but he's expected to serve as the primary pitcher behind opener Zack Littell. However, the southpaw is expected to take the rotation spot that had been occupied by Logan Webb (shoulder). Long made six appearances (three starts) in the minors to begin the year, and he posted a 1.99 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 22.2 innings.
Long won't start Wednesday against the Rangers but could work as a bulk reliever, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Manager Gabe Kapler already confirmed the 25-year-old will be promoted from Triple-A Sacramento for Wednesday's contest, though it will be reliever Zack Littell who receives the start. Assuming Long pitches, following an opener could be beneficial, as he could be in line for a win without needing to last five innings.
Manager Gabe Kapler confirmed Tuesday that Long will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, but he did not name him as the starter for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Previous reports indicated that Long would draw the start in place of Logan Webb (shoulder) on Wednesday and that very well could still be the case. However, based on Kapler's comments, it appears that the club could at least be considering utilizing an an opener, who would likely be followed by Long serving as the bulk man. The Giants will likely clarify their pitching plans following the conclusion of Tuesday's contest.
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