On the final day of a long road trip, the Giants added two bulk innings arms and sent two rookies to the alternate site in Sacramento.
Trevor Cahill and Dereck Rodriguez were called up, with Cahill set to start Wednesday afternoon against the Astros. To clear spots, right-hander Rico Garcia and left-hander Conner Menez were optioned off the 28-man roster and right-hander Andrew Triggs was DFA'd off the 40-man roster. Triggs made just one appearance for the Giants and got roughed up before being put on the taxi squad.
Cahill missed the start of camp after injuring a finger with a screwdriver while working on his bicycle. He had been throwing well at the alternate site and is expected to be available for 40-50 pitches tonight. Rodriguez has been on the taxi squad and impressed in two recent bullpen sessions. Kapler said he was sitting 92-94 mph.
"It's a little bit more difficult to earn a promotion in today's environment, but he had a really good bullpen in Los Angeles and had another good bullpen two days ago," Kapler said. "It's nice to have some length on the roster tonight with the fact that Cahill is not especially stretched out."
While Garcia has been roughed up on this trip, Menez has a 2.38 ERA in seven relief appearances. His demotion was a bit of a surprise.
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"The message to Conner was there's really not much you can be doing differently," Kapler said. "You're doing a great job. This is more about us getting someone who can give us some length today, and it's not going to hurt him to get a little bit of a blow and come back even stronger."
--- Kapler announced that Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman and Logan Webb will start against the A's this weekend. They're likely to face Frankie Montas, Jesus Luzardo and Sean Manaea.
If you're keeping track at home, the current rotation is Cueto, Gausman, Webb, Tyler Anderson and Cahill. Drew Smyly (finger) is throwing but doesn't sound close to returning. An MRI revealed posterior rotator cuff inflammation and a shoulder impingement for Jeff Samardzija. Seems like he won't be available for a while.
--- Donovan Solano, the hottest hitter not named Charlie Blackmon, was out of the lineup again with abdominal soreness.
Trevor Cahill makes Giants debut, Slater hits third against Greinke: Yaz CF, Dickerson LF, Slater RF, Belt 1B, Longoria 3B, Pence DH, Crawford SS, Heineman C, Dubon 2B. Cahill RHP— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 12, 2020
The Giants are off Thursday and Kapler thought Solano could be ready to start Friday.