May 14, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Francisco Giants second basemanNick Noonan
(21) turns a double play as Toronto Blue Jays center fielderColby Rasmus
(28) slides into second base at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
With only two hits in his last twenty at-bat’s and more or less rotting away on the bench, the San Francisco Giants opted to send Nick Noonan back to Triple-A Fresno this afternoon, activating utility man Tony Abreu in the process.
Noonan, who was brought up in early April came out of the gates with his guns blazing, hitting .538 through his first thirteen at-bat’s but he then quickly fell off, hitting just .111 for the month of May. He’ll be given regular at bat’s in Fresno, something he could certainly use instead of the sporadic, twice a week pinch hitting appearance he was getting in San Francisco.
Taking his place on the roster will be Tony Abreu who has been out since mid-February with a severely strained quadriceps muscle. Abreu can play nearly every position on the infield, much like a Joaquin Arias, but is sub-par with the bat and should do nothing more than replace the role of Noonan and his sporadic spot starts/pinch hitting appearances.