Gerber cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Gerber's 4-for-42 showing in his big-league debut last season was understandably not promising enough for another team to give him a roster spot. He could be called upon this season should the Giants suffer an injury crisis in the outfield but shouldn't be expected to make a significant impact.
Gerber was claimed off waivers from Detroit in December but didn't last the offseason on the Giants' 40-man roster. He was dropped to make room for new signee Drew Pomeranz. The 26-year-old got his first taste of big-league action with the Tigers' last year but failed to impress, going just 4-for-42 at the plate.
Gerber got his first taste of big-league action with the Tigers last season but hit a miserable .095/.170/.119 in 47 plate appearances, striking out 44.7 percent of the time. He hit better but not particularly well in 74 games for Triple-A Toledo, recording a .213/.277/.411 line with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate. If he can get back to the form he showed in previous seasons, posting a wRC+ of at least 116 at every minor-league stop through 2017, he could at least fight for a bench spot in San Francisco.
Gerber was demoted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
Gerber has collected just four hits in 42 at-bats this season for the Tigers (18 games), so he'll head down to the minor leagues as JaCoby Jones (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Monday. Gerber figures to return to the big leagues when rosters expand Sept. 1.
Gerber appears to be losing playing time to Mikie Mahtook, who has now started four straight games in left field. Gerber has gone hitless in his last 10 games, so the loss of a job makes sense, though Mahtook is just 1-for-14 since getting recalled on Monday, so he's not a particularly deserving candidate for a starting role, either.
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