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Giants send 13 players out with first round of spring cuts


Giants send 13 players out with first round of spring cuts

Mesa, Ariz. — There were few surprises Monday when the Giants made their first round of spring cuts. 

Eight players were optioned to minor league camp, including a couple of guys who have big league experience. The optioned players are: Tyler Herb, Pierce Johnson, Chase Johnson, Reyes Moronta, Steven Okert, D.J. Snelten, Aramis Garcia and Miguel Gomez. 

Gomez, an infielder, impressed the staff with his approach from both sides of the plate, and he could be an option later this year as a bench bat. Okert allowed just one run in five appearances but the Giants have Tony Watson set as their top left-hander and Josh Osich is throwing as well as anyone in camp. Garcia saw plenty of time with Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez nursing injuries; he likely will begin his season in Double-A. 

The Giants also reassigned five players to minor league camp: Tyler Cyr, Jose Flores, Dereck Rodriguez, Madison Younginer and Alen Hanson. A utility player, Hanson showed off his speed at times, but Chase d’Arnaud and Josh Rutledge appear to be the two infielders most likely to push Kelby Tomlinson. 

With the cuts, the Giants are down to 47 players in camp.

Familiar faces announced as Giants' first wave of September call-ups


Familiar faces announced as Giants' first wave of September call-ups

SAN FRANCISCO -- For weeks, the Giants have downplayed the size and significance of their September call-up class. After Thursday's game, they revealed the first wave of additions, and it was indeed a small group of familiar names. 

Relievers Derek Law and Steven Okert will join the bullpen Friday when rosters expand and veterans Tim Federowicz and Orland Calixte will join the bench. To clear a 40-man roster spot for Federowicz, the Giants outrighted Jae-gyun Hwang off the roster. Hwang cleared waivers, but he will not return to the big league club this season. 

All four additions have spent time with the Giants already this year. It's likely that more players will join once the minor league season ends this weekend, including outfielder Austin Slater. 

The list of guys left out is headlined by three intriguing prospects who will be in the mix in 2018. Left fielder Chris Shaw, center fielder Steven Duggar and left-hander Andrew Suarez do not have to be put on the 40-man roster until after the 2018 season, and the Giants did not want to add them a year early. Doing so would have limited some of the front office’s offseason flexibility. 

Friday's moves give Bruce Bochy some additional flexibility in September. Here's what you need to know about the additions: 

—- Law: He started the season as the setup man but had trouble with his command and was sent down in June with a 5.40 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Law never made it back up, instead serving as the River Cats’ closer and posting a 2.48 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. The reports on him in recent weeks have been positive. If the Giants can somehow find the 2016 version of Law, the 2018 bullpen will start to look pretty strong. 

—- Okert: The Giants hoped one of Okert or Josh Osich would develop into a reliable left-hander at the back end of the bullpen. Neither has pitched well, but Bochy wants another lefty in the pen. Okert has a 6.75 ERA in the big leagues this season but it was 3.20 in the hitter-friendly PCL. 

—- Federowicz: He was called up when Buster Posey got concussed earlier this year, then returned to Triple-A, where he was the starter ahead of 2016 big league backup Trevor Brown. Federowicz will make it a bit easier for Bochy to rest Posey, who is battling a bone bruise on his left hand. It will also make it easier to give Posey starts at first base as Brandon Belt recovers from a concussion. 

—- Orlando Calixte: A super-utility type, he already has had three stints with the Giants. Calixte has just six hits in 34 at-bats at the big league level. With Calixte back and Slater on the way, it's hard to see the Giants adding another outfielder. Mac Williamson is the most well-known name down in Triple-A. 

Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled


Giants make roster moves; right-handed bullpen arm, infielder recalled

The Giants announced a quartet of roster moves ahead of Game 3 of their series against the San Diego Padres. 

Albert Suarez and Orlando Calixte have been recalled from triple-A Sacramento while Steven Okert and Jae-Gyun Hwang have been optioned down to triple-A. 

Suarez has missed the entire season with shoulder and calf injuries. 

Calixte has appeared in eight games with the Giants this season. In 29 plate appearences, he has four hits and three runs batted in. 

Hwang hit .167 in his time with the big league club.