Law was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
At one point this season, Law was a popular speculative play for saves, but he has fallen out of favor with the Giants after notching a 12.46 ERA over his last 8.2 innings. Kyle Crick was promoted from Triple-A in a corresponding move. If Law can get on track at Triple-A, he will likely be back up later this summer.
Law (3-1) was the losing pitcher of record after giving up two runs over 1.2 innings in a 9-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday.
Law was putting together a solid season -- including a successful run as the team's closer -- but he's run into trouble recently, giving up runs in three of his last four appearances while watching his ERA jump to 3.60. The 26-year-old's velocity and strikeout rates are on par with last year's dominant debut, but his control (3.2 BB/9) and command of the strike zone (1.4 HR/9) have taken hits, resulting in run-of-the-mill results. Law should still be a decent source of holds and a good handcuff for Mark Melancon, but he doesn't appear to be the ratio-boosting middle reliever that he was last season.
Law gave up one hit and one walk but escaped the seventh of Tuesday's game against the Nationals without allowing a run.
The 26-year-old filled in capably for Mark Melancon in the ninth inning while Melancon was down with an elbow injury earlier this month, converting all four of his save opportunities. Law has since transitioned back to a setup role, and while he's been a bit shakier of late, he seems to still be next in line should anything else happen to Melancon.
Law pitched a perfect ninth inning en route to his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers.
This was the 26-year-old's toughest test since taking over as the Giants' closer and he came through with flying colors in an important division game. Outside of a rough outing against the Reds -- in which he still recorded the save -- Law has done a bang up job filling in for Mark Melancon (elbow), likely cementing his role as the next in line should the Giants need him to close games again. San Francisco's regular closer expects to be activated off the disabled list Friday, so fantasy owners should begin planning their next course of action once Law returns to his usual setup role.
Law pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his third save of the season during Saturday's win over the Reds.
With Mark Melancon (elbow) on the disabled list, Law has filled in and provided serviceable virtual numbers. Law's value is likely to be fleeting with Melancon eligible to return from the disabled list May 16, but regardless of the initial severity of any arm injury, setbacks or additional aggravation aren't out of the question. This might not be the last stretch of the season that Law moves the fantasy needle.
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