Player News - Giants

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Buster Posey is being held out of Cactus League action due to what manager Bruce Bochy said is a milk ankle tweak.

It sounds like the Giants are just being cautious with their star catcher. If the issue persists it's perhaps a cause for concern, but with the calendar still showing February there's no reason to get too worked up over it.
Feb 24 - 6:27 PM

Hunter Pence (neck) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Sunday.

He was held out of Friday's game due to a stiff neck, but the issue has been deemed minor. Pence will take batting practice on Saturday and barring any significant setbacks, he'll make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.
Feb 24 - 12:25 PM

Steven Duggar delivered a two-run double in Friday’s Cactus League loss to the split-squad Brewers.

It was part of a four-run second inning for the Giants, but they were unable to hold the lead. It got ugly, as they committed six errors. The Giants’ center field situation is unsettled at the moment, but ideally Duggar would see more time in the minors. The 24-year-old missed time last season due to elbow and hip injuries and has only played 13 games at the Triple-A level. Austin Jackson, Gorkys Hernandez, Gregor Blanco, and Austin Slater are also being considered for center field duties.
Feb 23 - 8:04 PM

Ryder Jones will undergo an MRI after tweaking his right hamstring Thursday.

Jones says the hamstring is already feeling better after he received treatment, but the Giants will be careful here. He's competing for a bench job.
Feb 23 - 1:53 PM

Hunter Pence was scratched from Friday's Cactus League lineup with a stiff neck.

He'll be fine, but there's no reason to rush the veteran outfielder. Pence will move to left field for the Giants this season.
Feb 23 - 9:44 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy named Madison Bumgarner his Opening Day starter on Thursday.

No surprise here. Bumgarner made a successful recovery last year from a scary off-field shoulder injury and finished with a 3.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. Assuming all goes well this spring, he'll take the mound March 29 on the road against the rival Dodgers.
Feb 22 - 2:36 PM

Giants signed LHP Manny Parra to a minor league contract.

Parra hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2015 and spent most of the 2017 season pitching for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. He'll be organizational depth for San Francisco in 2018.
Feb 20 - 7:00 PM

Giants designated RHP Joan Gregorio for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson. Gregorio held a 3.04 ERA and 61/35 K/BB ratio over 74 innings at Triple-A Sacramento last year before getting popped with a PED suspension.
Feb 19 - 4:40 PM

Julian Fernandez was treated for a cut on his right index finger Sunday.

He suffered in on his locker. Fernandez, who is trying to make the Giants' Opening Day bullpen as a Rule 5 pick, will be shut down for a few days.
Feb 18 - 12:36 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Tony Watson's deal with the Giants guarantees the southpaw at least $9 million.

Crasnick also notes that the contract contains escalators and incentives that could drive the value up as high as $14 million over two seasons or $21 million over three seasons. That makes a whole lot more sense than the initial report which said it would be a three-year pact for $7 million.
Feb 17 - 3:44 PM

Giants signed LHP Tony Watson to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a player option for a third season and has incentives that could run the total higher. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported late Friday that the two sides had reached an agreement and it's now official. It's a terrific get for the Giants who also managed to do so while staying under the luxury tax.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have finalized a contract with free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Full details of the contract have yet to be announced, but it's believed to be a multi-year deal. Heyman also notes that the Giants have reportedly found a way to ink Watson and still manage to stay under the $197-million luxury tax threshold. One of the top bullpen arms available on the market, he'll bolster the back of the Giants bullpen and could even challenge for save chances if Mark Melancon struggles.
Feb 17 - 8:29 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that prospect Chris Shaw will be used exclusively as a left fielder during spring training.

Shaw began his professional career as a first baseman but was predominately a left fielder last season between Double- and Triple-A. The 24-year-old is knocking on the door of the majors but will likely need an injury or two to occur before he'd receive regular playing time.
Feb 16 - 2:40 PM

Johnny Cueto isn't throwing off the mound yet in Giants camp due to a mild case of the flu.

He will be limited to long-toss sessions for the next few days. It's obviously nothing major. Cueto declined to exercise the opt-out in his contract with the Giants this winter after struggling to a 4.52 ERA over 147 1/3 innings in 2017. He is due $21.83 million per season through 2021.
Feb 14 - 1:09 PM

Tony Watson is drawing interest from the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in serious talks with the veteran reliever. According to Heyman, the interest in Watson extends beyond the three teams mentioned. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings in 2017. He'd be a fine bullpen addition just about anywhere.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM


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