Apr 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jose Mijares (50) pitches in relief against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning at AT
When you’ve thrown a little over ten innings and a near strikeout per inning to go along with a 1.74 ERA at the MLB level, a trip back to the Farm isn’t exactly something you’d be pleased with. However, that’s the reality for San Francisco Giants reliever Jean Machi.
Today, the San Francisco Giants sent Machi back to Fresno, activating Jose Mijares in the process.
Mijares has been in Venezuela following the passing of his grandmother but was unable to return in time, forcing the Giants to place him the restricted list yesterday as he spent the allotted seven days on the bereavement list.
Mijares’ return coupled with fellow lefty Jeremy Affeldt, who returned a few days ago himself, gives the Giants a much needed left handed presence in the bullpen as it was Javier Lopez and Lopez alone for a few weeks as the solo southpaw out of the ‘pen.
As for Machi, the Venezuelan should find himself back in the Giants’ bullpen soon as he’s sure to be one of the top relief arms called up in case of an injury or roster move.
He’ll leave the Giants and head to the Fresno Grizzlies with a 1.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 10.1 innings, along with a win (first of his career) and ten strikeouts.