Now that he's been removed from the 40-man roster, Hwang will not be joining the Giants' callups as rosters expand. The Triple-A season ends in the next few days, with Hwang holding a .287/.334/.458 line with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases through 380 plate appearances. His future major-league potential with the Giants remains in doubt.
Hwang was demoted to the minors following Wednesday's loss to the Athletics, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.
The international star was clearly outmatched in the majors, batting just .154 with 15 strikeouts in 57 plate appearances. Hwang will report back to Triple-A Sacramento where he slashed .290/.334/.473 this season, but a return prior to rosters expanding in September is unlikely. Ryder Jones was called up in a corresponding move to take over third base duties for the Giants.
Hwang went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.
The former KBO star got to spend his 30th birthday in the starting lineup, delivering an RBI single off Alex Wood in the seventh inning. Hwang has struggled in the majors this season (.175/.233/.275), but the Giants could give him an extended look down the stretch over more proven options to see what they have in the international slugger. For now, he appears to be in a platoon at third base with Conor Gillaspie.
Hwang was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Hwang was sent back to the minors just six days ago, but with Eduardo Nunez heading to Boston via trade, the Giants needed more infield depth. The former KBO star will likely move into a bench role given his .509 OPS in 36 at-bats earlier this year.
Hwang was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Hwang has struggled since being promoted to the big leagues, playing himself into a reserve role by hitting just .194 over his first 10 games and failing to really improve beyond that. He'll have a chance to see more everyday opportunities with Sacramento and could possibly see a late-season call-up. Orlando Calixte takes his spot on the roster in a corresponding move.
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