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Giants' Brandon Belt: Dealing with illness
Belt (heel) is dealing with a non-COVID illness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Belt felt better Monday than he had in recent days but is still lacking energy. He's also spending the spring recovering from October heel surgery. That procedure was already expected to make his readiness for Opening Day uncertain, and losing a few days to illness certainly doesn't help in that regard. If he does wind up making a trip to the injured list to start the season, infield at-bats could open up for Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf or Donovan Solano.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Luis Alexander Basabe: Healthy for spring training
Basabe (hamstring) will be available off the bench Monday in the Giants' Cactus League game against the Rangers, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Basabe looks to be healthy heading into 2021 after he was placed on the Giants' injured list last September due to a right hamstring strain. He'll be active for the second straight day after serving as a backup center fielder in Sunday's Cactus League opener against the Angels. He struck out in his lone plate appearance in that contest.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Dealing with hamstring tightness
Slater is dealing with hamstring tightness following Sunday's loss to the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Slater entered spring training with a minor elbow flexor strain, but he experienced a tight hamstring during Sunday's spring opener and had only one at-bat as a result. It's not yet clear whether Slater will miss time as a result of the injury.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Serving as designated hitter
Slater (elbow) will bat sixth as the designated hitter in the Giants' spring debut against the Angels on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Slater dealt with an elbow flexor strain over the offseason and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He said himself that he feels pretty much 100 percent, and the fact that he's already able to hit seems to back that up. It would be nice to see him take the field soon to confirm that he's fully healthy, but he still has over a month to go before the regular season begins to clear that hurdle.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jordan Humphreys: Claimed by Giants
Humphreys was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Humphreys began the offseason in San Francisco before being designated for assignment in November and claimed by Cleveland. Cleveland evidently didn't see him as a key piece and designated him for assignment Wednesday, so he's now back with his former club. He's yet to appear in a game above the High-A level, so he's unlikely to pay a significant big-league role this season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Tyler Beede: Heads to injured list
Beede (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It's not clear when exactly Beede is expected to return from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in March of last year, but this transaction makes it clear that he'll remain out for the beginning of the upcoming campaign. The move clears a space on the 40-man roster for the Giants to add Jordan Humphreys, who was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Trevor Gott: Remains in organization
Gott cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Gott allowed 13 runs in 11.2 innings last season and owns a career 5.01 ERA, so it's no surprise to see him pass through waivers unclaimed. He'll remain an organizational depth option for the Giants going forward.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Dealing with elbow issue
Slater is feeling "pretty much 100 percent" after dealing with an elbow flexor strain during the offseason, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Slater received a platelet-rich plasma injection during the offseason after hitting a plateau in his rehab process during the offseason, but he's nearing full health early in spring training. He's making throws from the outfield early in camp and has progressed smoothly since his PRP shot. Barring any setbacks, the 28-year-old will likely be able to make Opening Day. Slater is expected to play exclusively in the outfield this season given the Giants' infield depth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jeremy Walker: Joins San Francisco
Walker (shoulder) signed a contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR News reports.
The 25-year-old was released by the Braves earlier in February, and he's found new landing spot rather quickly. Walker made his big-league debut in 2019 and allowed two earned runs with a 6:4 K:BB over 9.1 innings, but he missed all of 2020 due to shoulder concerns.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Scott Kazmir: Earns camp invite from Giants
Kazmir signed with the Giants as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Kazmir's last big-league pitch came back in 2016, when he posted a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts for the Dodgers. His fastball touched 93 mph in a recent bullpen session, above where it sat for the bulk of his career, which evidently convinced the Giants to take a chance on the 37-year-old lefty. The team probably doesn't anticipate him becoming a key piece of the pitching staff, but there's a chance he could at least win a bullpen role.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Tommy La Stella: Likely to lead off
La Stella is likely to serve as the Giants' leadoff man this season, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Manager Gabe Kapler likes La Stella's ability to grind out at-bats, and it's hard to disagree with that assessment. He displayed remarkable plate discipline last season, with his walk rate (11.8 percent) coming in more than twice as high as his strikeout rate (5.3 percent), helping him to a .370 on-base percentage. The Giants' lineup probably won't be a powerhouse, and their run totals will be suppressed somewhat by their park, but the leadoff role would still provide a modest boost to La Stella's fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Trevor Gott: Designated for assignment
Gott was designated for assignment by the Giants on Sunday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Gott recorded four saves for the Giants last season, but he also allowed 13 runs in 11.2 innings and posted an 8:8 K:BB. With a career 5.01 ERA in parts of six big-league seasons, he probably won't be a particularly hot commodity on the waiver wire.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Curt Casali: Underwent offseason surgery
Casali revealed Saturday that he underwent hamate surgery in December, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Casali signed a major-league contract with the Giants in January, but the catcher revealed Saturday that he had surgery during the offseason. However, the 32-year-old has been playing catch and hitting without pain to begin spring training. While he could face some limitations during camp, Casali was optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Shun Yamaguchi: Signs with Giants
Yamaguchi signed a split contract with the Giants on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Yamaguchi was let go by the Blue Jays last week, but he landed a new deal with the Giants. The right-hander will attempt to prove himself with his new club after a rough MLB debut in 2020. After coming over from Japan last year, Yamaguchi posted an 8.06 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 25.2 innings across 17 relief appearances with Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Donovan Solano: Loses arbitration case
Solano lost his arbitration case to the Giants on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Solano had filed for a $3.9 salary for 2021, but he'll have to settle for a one-year, $3.25 million deal after the arbiter's ruling. The 33-year-old should have to compete for playing time in the middle infield in 2021 after the Giants signed Tommy La Stella during the offseason.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Raffi Vizcaino: Dealing with elbow sprain
Vizcaino suffered a right elbow sprain and will begin spring training rehabbing at minor-league camp, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The 25-year-old joined the Giants on a minor-league deal and received an invite to big-league camp, but he'll start out with the minor leaguers while rehabbing the injury. Vizcaino last pitched in 2019 at Double-A and had a 3.66 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 44:27 K:BB over 46.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Caleb Baragar: Getting look as starter
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that Baragar will be stretched out this spring and have the opportunity to compete for a starting role, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Johnny Cueto and Kevin Gausman can be considered locks for rotation spots, while offseason pickups Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood and Aaron Sanchez also look to be in good position to win starting roles after all signed one-year contracts containing at least $3 million guaranteed. As a result, Baragar may be little more than an insurance option for the rotation, though he could change that narrative if he's able to build on his promising 2020 season with a strong spring. The 26-year-old had previously been a full-time starter while moving up through the Giants' farm system, but he made all but one of his 24 appearances as a rookie in relief. Even if he falls short in his bid for the rotation, Baragar will be in good shape to win an Opening Day bullpen role after he submitted a 4.03 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over his 22.1 innings last season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Melvin Adon: Recovering from shoulder surgery
Manager Gabe Kapler revealed Wednesday that Adon is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Adon returned to the Giants as a non-roster invitee in December, but he got hurt playing winter ball and was forced to undergo surgery. It's not yet clear when the right-hander will be available, but he could compete for a major-league roster spot if he's healthy prior to the end of spring training.... See More ... See Less
Giants' John Brebbia: Joins 60-day IL
The Giants placed Brebbia (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
The transaction is merely procedural, as Brebbia isn't expected to be fully cleared for competitive action until the second half of the season while he continues to recover from June 2020 Tommy John surgery. The newly-signed Jake McGee will take Brebbia's spot on the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Trevor Gott: Throwing to begin camp
Gott (elbow) completed a bullpen session Wednesday during the Giants' first workout of spring training, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Gott finished the past season on the injured list while battling right elbow inflammation, but his ability to throw at the start of camp suggests he'll enter the 2021 campaign with no restrictions. The right-hander received a look in the closer's role last season but couldn't hold down the job, posting a 10.03 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 15 appearances before being shut down. With Reyes Moronta (shoulder) healthy for the start of 2021 and the Giants also adding Jake McGee and Matt Wisler in free agency, Gott will likely find himself lower in the bullpen pecking order.... See More ... See Less
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