Kensuke Tanaka and Dan Runzler have both been designated for assignment today, clearing 40-man roster spots for Heath Hembree, Johnny Monell
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 3, 2013
It wasn’t a surprise to most, many of us were speculating that both Tanaka and Runzler would be on the way out given their lackluster stats this season.
Kensuke Tanaka seemed like the second coming when he was first called up to the majors on July 9.
Is it too late to add Kensuke Tanaka to the NL All-Star team? #sfgiants
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 10, 2013
Not sure if #SFGIants will win this game. But Kensuke Tanaka has given them a spark. All smiles here after his first big league hit.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 10, 2013
— McCovey Cove DAVE (@mccoveycovedave) July 10, 2013
He was sent back to Fresno on July 28 and we haven’t seen him since. He leaves the Giants having played 9 games in left field with a BA of .267. He has an impressive .329 for AAA Fresno but unfortunately it wasn’t an indication of how well he would do in the big leagues. This is what I’ll miss most about Tanaka.
Dan Runzler (LHP) has stayed in Fresno in 2013 going 3-7 with a 5.68 ERA. I don’t have much else to say about him.
I’m excited to see what Hembree and Monell will bring to the Giants the rest of this month. They are two of the eight players called up yesterday by the Giants when rosters expanded.