Player News - Giants

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Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants' closer while Mark Melancon (elbow) is on the disabled list.

Dyson flamed out as the Rangers' closer earlier this season, eventually getting sent to the minors and then designated for assignment. He's posted a 4.91 ERA over his first 7 1/3 innings for the Giants but does have a 10/3 K/BB ratio. Dyson is obviously not a safe bet to keep the job, so it wouldn't be a bad idea for fantasy owners to speculate on Hunter Strickland, as well.
Jun 28 - 2:59 PM

Giants recalled RHP Daniel Slania from Triple-A Sacramento.

Slania pitched well last season in his first year since being converted from reliever to starter, but he's struggled this year with a 6.44 ERA between Double- and Triple-A. He'll give the Giants some length out of the bullpen.
Jun 28 - 2:56 PM

Giants placed RHP Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.

It's the same injury that sent him to the DL last month. Melancon missed barely over the minimum amount of time the first trip, but the Giants would figure to be more careful with him this go-round. Sam Dyson is expected to handle the closing duties for the Giants while Melancon is sidelined.
Jun 28 - 2:51 PM

Austin Slater (hip) is back in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Slater missed two starts with a tight right hip flexor, but he had a pinch-hit single Tuesday and is ready to give it a go for this one. The rookie is hitting .333/.385/.486 with two homers in his first 21 games with the Giants.
Jun 28 - 1:56 PM

Giants placed 3B Conor Gillaspie on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 26, with back spasms.

Gillaspie just returned last week from a six-week absence with back issues, but obviously he's still not healthy. It's unclear how long he'll be out this time around.
Jun 28 - 1:53 PM

Giants purchased the contract of 3B Jae-gyun Hwang from Triple-A Sacramento.

Hwang was going to use the opt-out clause in his minor league contract if he wasn't promoted by July 1, but the Giants took care of that situation. The 29-year-old has batted .287/.331/.466 with six homers, 43 RBI, and five steals through 67 games with Sacramento this season. There wouldn't appear to be many at-bats for him with Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) due back Friday, Hwang will try to play his way into some starts. He's at third base and batting fifth Wednesday in his major league debut.
Jun 28 - 1:51 PM

Austin Slater (hip) had a pinch-hit, infield single in the Giants' extra-innings win over the Rockies.

Slater hasn't started the last two games because of a tight right hip flexor. But, an MRI came back clean and the fact he was able to pinch-hit suggests he might not be far from a return to the lineup.
Jun 28 - 8:24 AM

Denard Span posted three singles with a pair of RBI across seven at-bats in Tuesday's victory against the visiting Rockies.

The veteran has come alive with three consecutive multi-hit outings, and he has hit safely in 12 of his past 14 games to raise his average from .253 to .287 just since June 13. He has collected two or more hits in eight of those outings to re-emerge as a solid fantasy option in some formats.
Jun 28 - 3:55 AM

Matt Cain allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks with three strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Rockies.

Cain posted his first quality start in six outings dating back to May 26, but he still hasn't won since May 15. He'll look to get back into the win column in his next scheduled start Tuesday afternoon in Detroit before a second outing next week against Miami. As a two-start pitcher he might be worth streaming in NL-only play.
Jun 28 - 3:51 AM

Conor Gillaspie (back) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.

Gillaspie just returned last week from a six-week absence with a back issue and he's apparently still not 100 percent. Jae-gyun Hwang will replace him on the roster.
Jun 27 - 6:56 PM

Jae-gyun Hwang will be called up by the Giants prior to Wednesday's game.

Hwang was going to use the opt-out clause in his minor league contract if he wasn't promoted by July 1, but now he won't have to worry about that. The 29-year-old has batted .287/.331/.466 with six homers, 43 RBI, and five steals through 67 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He wouldn't appear to be in line for a ton of at-bats, but the Giants might as well give him a shot.
Jun 27 - 6:55 PM

Jae-gyun Hwang plans to use the opt-out in his contract with the Giants if he's not called up to the majors by July 1.

It's unclear if the Giants intend to do so. Signed out of the KBO over the winter, the 29-year-old Hwang is batting .287/.331/.466 with six homers, 43 RBI, and five steals through 67 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He has mostly split time between first base and third base, though he has also made a pair of starts in left field. Given where the Giants stand right now, it's worth a shot to at least see what he can do.
Jun 27 - 11:29 AM

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and three total RBI in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Posey rocked a deep RBI double off German Marquez in the first inning, came through with a sacrifice fly in the third and put a cap on his fine evening with an RBI single in the ninth. The All-Star backstop is slashing a blistering .347/.424/.536 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 239 at-bats this season. If the Giants were anywhere close to contention -- sitting at 28-51 in an ultra-competitive NL West, they have a giant fork sticking out of their back right now -- Posey would probably be drawing some level of early MVP talk.
Jun 27 - 1:37 AM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Span struck for an RBI triple in the fourth inning. He is up to four triples on the season and is now hitting .282/.332/.435 with four homers, 15 RBI and 28 runs scored in 216 at-bats. The veteran outfielder has turned in multi-hit efforts in four of his last six games.
Jun 27 - 1:35 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in Monday's win over the Rockies.

This was a fine outing from Samardzija, who struck out five without walking a batter. He kept the Rockies at bay on the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when he surrendered an RBI single to Trevor Story. The second run on his line came home inherited courtesy of Hunter Strickland. Samardzija will bring a 4.63 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 117/13 K/BB ratio (105 innings) into a road start against the Pirates next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 27 - 1:32 AM


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