Giants' September call-up candidates
Tim Hudson, September call-up? It sounds weird, but the 17-year veteran is in that position after being put on the DL following the Mike Leake addition. Hudson has been working out and working on getting healthy, and he’ll return to the active roster when rosters expand Tuesday. He’ll be joined by Angel Pagan, who delayed his return by several days so the Giants wouldn’t have to cut another player loose. As for the rest of the September call-ups, the Giants are thinking more about depth than future star power. Expect additions that can help manager Bruce Bochy get through nine innings (or 14) and double-switches. Here are some names to keep in mind …
Middle infielder 'X'
There were a couple nights last week when the Giants had Juan Perez and Buster Posey ready to play third base. The infield is healthier now, but the Giants still could (and should) add a Joaquin Arias or Kevin Frandsen or Everth Cabrera or Nick Noonan for depth. The problem: None are on the 40-man roster, but a spot can be opened up by putting Tim Lincecum on the 60-day DL. The guess here is that Noonan gets the call over the others.
A third catcher is a must in September, and Sanchez will allow Andrew Susac to be used as a pinch-hitter more often. Sanchez is hitting just .154 in 25 big league games this year.
The hard-throwing right-hander was in camp this spring and has a 3.46 ERA in Triple-A. The Giants need innings, and Hall, who is on the 40-man roster, has pitched at least three frames in five of his relief appearances this season.
The wild cards
The Giants don’t have many 40-man players pushing for a spot, but they have talked about some guys who could be added to the roster. Mac Williamson has been discussed as a potential call-up, but he’s unlikely to get the call; the staff is hesitant to use Williamson in what would basically be a once-every-few-days pinch-hit role. Clayton Blackburn (pictured above) might have pitched his way into contention by giving up just two hits and striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings Monday. He has a 3.03 ERA in Triple-A and could provide starting depth. Derek Law, Ray Black and Joan Gregorio are unlikely choices, but they’re on the 40-man and you never know how many pitchers the Giants might decide they need, especially after Monday night’s game.