Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a solo inside-the-park home run and three total RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Span scooted his way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the first inning and collected a two-run single just one frame later. No further RBI damage after that point for the veteran outfielder. For the campaign as a whole, Span is hitting a modest .275/.326/.431 with nine homers, 32 RBI and eight steals over the course of 96 games played. He no longer holds any fantasy value, but has been a dependable enough contributor during this trying season by the Giants.
Aug 20 - 1:17 AM

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a double in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Sandoval hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to spark an ultimately failed comeback attempt from down 12-4. They drew to within 12-9 before the magic ran out. In 13 games since joining the Giants after being released by the Red Sox, Sandoval is hitting .250/.280/.375 with one homer and four RBI.
Aug 20 - 1:05 AM

Ty Blach coughed up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Blach struck out three and walked two in the dreadful outing. Three of the six runs on his line scored courtesy of a three-run home run off the bat of Rhys Hoskins in the third inning. He has been hit hard in his last two outings, having surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits over 11 1/3 innings in those starts. He will try for better times when he carries his 4.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into a road date with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound.
Aug 20 - 12:53 AM

Johnny Cueto (forearm) will resume his minor league rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Sacramento.

Cueto was originally placed on the DL because of a blister issue but suffered strained flexor tendon while making a rehab appearance for High-A San Jose on July 31. Despite the setback, Cueto has made it through a few bullpen sessions and is now ready to try his hand in some rehab games. The right-hander is expected to throw between 50-60 pitches on Monday. If all goes well, Cueto should be back in the Giants' rotation sometime next month.
Aug 19 - 7:46 PM

Hunter Pence homered and doubled as the Giants crushed the Phillies 10-2 on Friday.

It's alive! Pence is hitting .351 with four homers in 57 at-bats this month, raising his OPS from .637 to .699. It could be worth giving him another try in mixed leagues, though since he's in a bad lineup and he's not going to steal bases, his ceiling is pretty limited.
Aug 19 - 1:35 AM

Matt Moore pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in a win over the Phillies.

Since talk of a move to the bullpen started up, Moore has responded with back-to-back quality starts. The only other time that's happened all season was in May, when he had four in a row. The win tonight was Moore's first since June 20. At 5.54, his ERA is as low as it's been since mid-June.
Aug 19 - 1:32 AM

Brandon Crawford homered, doubled and walked Friday against the Phillies.

The homer was just his second in 118 at-bats since the All-Star break. Crawford has spent nearly two months now with his average in the .220s and .230s, and his defensive numbers haven't been as good as usual, either. He was one of the NL's top 15 or so players in both 2015 and 2016, but this year, he's been well below average.
Aug 19 - 1:22 AM

Mark Melancon admitted Friday that he has been contemplating surgery.

The right-hander claims that the ligament in his elbow is fine, but the surgery would correct a separate issue that has bothered him off and on since the 2012 season. Melancon has continued to have conversations with the Giants' training staff regarding the proper course of action and Giants' manage Bruce Bochy said he wouldn't put Melancon on the mound if it meant risking further injury. It doesn't sound like he's going to have much fantasy value over the final six weeks of the season.
Aug 18 - 8:06 PM

Jarrett Parker went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Parker gave the Giants a 4-1 lead with his two-run double off Aaron Nola in the fifth inning. With his pair of two-baggers, he has now collected seven doubles in 22 games played this season. He is working to a .268/.307/.437 triple slash in that space.
Aug 18 - 1:16 AM

Sam Dyson recorded his 10th save of the season via a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

With the Giants holding a 5-4 advantage entering the ninth, Dyson recorded the first two outs without issue before losing a touch of command. He walked Andres Blanco and fell behind Cesar Hernandez before coming back to strike him out looking to end the contest. Dyson has been money with the Giants, especially of late -- he has not allowed a hit in any of his last four appearances. Since the Rangers traded him over to the National League, the reliever owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 frames. He is 10-for-11 in save chances since putting on the San Francisco uniform.
Aug 18 - 1:15 AM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered four runs on eight hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Samardzija struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up a pair of solo home runs, too, with Cameron Rupp and Nick Williams taking him deep in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Up next on the docket for the veteran right-hander, a home start against the Brewers. Samardzija will carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into that one.
Aug 18 - 1:05 AM

Austin Slater (hip) is ready to resume running.

It's a good first step, but Slater is still nowhere close to a return after tearing the adductor muscle in his right hip just prior to the All-Star break. With little to play for, the Giants certainly won't rush him in his recovery. Before he went down, the 24-year-old posted a respectable .290 average with three homers in 100 at-bats for San Francisco.
Aug 17 - 9:22 PM

Miguel Gomez suffered a setback in his recovery from a right knee injury.

Gomez had been slated to return Saturday following a short rehab assignment with High-A San Jose, but obviously that's no longer an option. He'll be in a holding pattern until the Giants clear him for rehab games. So far the rookie has eight hits including two doubles in 33 big league at-bats.
Aug 17 - 9:20 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) will begin light cardio work on Friday.

It's Belt's first activity of any kind since going down with a concussion earlier this month. The Giants are going to take things slow with Belt and there's no guarantee he'll be back before the end of the year. Ryder Jones has been filling the void at first base.
Aug 17 - 9:18 PM

Kelby Tomlinson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday in the Giants' loss to the Marlins.

He started at second base in place of Joe Panik, who landed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Tuesday. Tomlinson is batting just .240/.314/.281 this year.
Aug 16 - 4:28 PM


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