Moronta gave up a hit while striking out three over a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Moronta was tasked with facing the heart of Arizona's lineup in sixth inning, and he came through with flying colors, notching notable strikeouts against Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez. The hard-throwing rookie (95.9 mph average fastball) has struck out nine batters over 5.2 innings while posting a 1.59 ERA. Moronta isn't being used in high-leverage situations, but he may have shown enough this September to earn a bullpen job with the Giants next season.
Moronta was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
He has a 2.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 17 innings (13 appearances) with Sacramento. Moronta has late-inning stuff, but throwing strikes has always been an issue for him. Look for him to work in low-leverage situations this year, although he could earn a look in high-leverage spots in the future.
Moronta (shoulder) served up two runs on three hits in an inning of work for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
The pitching prospect was activated from the disabled list after two rehab appearances for the Arizona League Giants and was immediately sent to Triple-A, but his first outing went anything but well. The big blow was a two-run homer off the bat of Drew Stubbs, but the more important thing is that Moronta is still healthy following the 19-pitch outing. He'll look to develop further as a member of the River Cats' bullpen.
Moronta has missed time this season with a muscle issue in his shoulder, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.
The injury caused Double-A Richmond to put him on the disabled list June 3, but the reliever appears to be nearing as a return as he just made his first rehab appearance with the Arizona League Giants on July 16. Before the injury, Moronta had an ERA with 4.00 with 26 strikeouts in 18.0 innings for Double-A Richmond. He was also on the big league roster for one game in May but did not make an appearance.
Moronta was optioned back to Double-A Richmond on Wednesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Moronta was shuttled back to Richmond after just one game with the big club. This isn't too surprising, as his promotion was expected to be short lived. The move is to clear room on the roster for Brandon Crawford (groin), who is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list ahead of Thursday's game against the Reds.
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