Long was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Long allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and two walks during Saturday's loss to the Dodgers, and he'll head to the minors in favor of a fresh bullpen arm. The 26-year-old has a 5.72 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 38:15 K:BB across 39.1 major-league innings this season.
Long covered 4.2 innings of long relief and took a no-decision in Sunday's 9-0 loss to Atlanta. He gave up six runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. After Anthony DeSclafani (ankle) was cleared to return from the 10-day injured list to start Sunday's contest, Long was expected to transition into a multi-inning role out of the bullpen. While that sort of role could still be in the forecast for Long during the final month of the season, he was deployed as a piggyback starter Sunday with the Giants deliberately limiting DeSclafani's workload in his first start coming off the injury. DeSclafani covered three innings (64 pitches) against Atlanta, but he should be in line to handle a more traditional starting role when his next turn comes up next weekend against the Dodgers. With that in mind, Long shouldn't be counted on to see this sort of workload out of the bullpen moving forward.
Long (2-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four across 5.1 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Mets. Long turned in his longest outing since June 20 after being given a few weeks to ramp up at Triple-A Sacramento. Filling the rotation spot of Anthony DeSclafani (ankle), Long pounded the strike zone for 19 called strikes and was the beneficiary of strong run support. Despite the effective outing, Long may not have the chance for another turn through the rotation as DeSclafani, Johnny Cueto (elbow) and Kevin Gausman (illness) are all expected to return imminently.
The Giants confirmed Long as their starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Mets, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. After being called up ahead of Sunday's game in Oakland, Long wasn't needed in relief, so he'll step into the rotation spot vacated by Anthony DeSclafani (ankle), who was moved to the injured list last weekend. Since the Giants are hopeful DeSclafani's injury is only a short-term concern, Long may only make one turn through the rotation, regardless of how he performs Tuesday. In his other eight outings (four starts) with the big club this season, Long has posted a 5.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 31:10 K:BB in 28.1 innings.
The Giants recalled Long from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. Long will be available out of the bullpen for Sunday's series finale in Oakland, but if he goes unused, he could step into the rotation Tuesday against the Mets as a replacement for Anthony DeSclafani (ankle), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Over eight appearances (four starts) with the big club this season, Long has gone 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 31:10 K:BB in 28.1 innings.
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