As expected, the White Sox recalled left-handed reliever Josh Osich from Class AAA Charlotte on Friday. Osich was called up in place of pitcher Caleb Frare, whom the Sox was optioned to Charlotte after Wednesday’s loss to the Rays. After making the Sox’ Opening Day roster this season, Frare gave up two runs on two hits and three walks over 2⅔ innings in four relief appearances. Osich has had a strong start to the season. In three relief appearance with Charlotte, Osich, whom the Sox claimed off waivers in March, went 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA, allowing one earned run in four innings. In 160 major-league games over four seasons with the Giants, Osich has gone 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA (67 ER/120.1 IP) and 105 strikeouts. Osich will wear uniform No. 64. … [Read more...] about White Sox recall pitcher Josh Osich from Class AAA Charlotte
The day after Farhan Zaidi suggested in December that the Giants might take the radical step, for them, of using pitching openers and other nontraditional methods of getting through nine innings, he expressed surprise at how much attention the story got. The Giants’ president of baseball operations also tried to temper the hue and cry by suggesting the team would not go rogue with their pitching as much as other ballclubs, but only when it makes sense. Maybe reporters and fans did extrapolate too much out of his original comments. Zaidi said during a Monday conference call that he did not foresee openers pitching ahead of newly re-signed starter Derek Holland. Manager Bruce Bochy made it clear at the winter meetings that Madison Bumgarner would be exempt, and common sense suggests the team would not risk Jeff Samardzija’s health by messing with his warmup routine after a long and difficult shoulder rehab. “We’re not attempting to be gimmicky or cute about … [Read more...] about Giants might not use pitching openers as much as first thought
By Kerry Crowley | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 13, 2018 at 10:15 am | UPDATED: December 13, 2018 at 10:44 am LAS VEGAS–Farhan Zaidi didn’t stick around for the final day of the Winter Meetings. But that didn’t stop the Giants from remaining active. The Giants selected a pair of players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft, adding left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Andrew Ferguson from the Houston Astros on Thursday. Though Zaidi flew out of Las Vegas early Thursday morning, assistant general manager Jeremy Shelley represented the club on the final day of the Winter Meetings and spearheaded a mission to find major league-ready contributors. “We’re looking to improve the overall depth of the roster,” Shelley said. “Where that depth comes from, whether it’s the position player side or whether it’s on the pitching side, we’re looking … [Read more...] about Giants active in Rule 5 draft, add two players to major league roster
By Kerry Crowley | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 5, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: September 5, 2018 at 7:09 am DENVER–When the Giants added recent acquisition Abiatal Avelino to their roster Tuesday, they created space for the infielder by transferring right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a suddenly crowded 60-day disabled list. Samardzija is one of five Giants players on the 60-day disabled list, joining catcher Buster Posey, pitcher Johnny Cueto, outfielder Steven Duggar and Rule 5 draftee Julian Fernández who missed the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 60-day disabled list is a wonderful utility for teams facing in-season roster crunches, as it allows franchises to add players to their 40-man roster without subjecting another player to the waiver wire. However, it’s a utility that disappears in the offseason and when that occurs, the Giants will face several challenging decisions. The five Giants on the 60-day … [Read more...] about Giants must make difficult offseason decisions before free agency heats up
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