San Francisco Giants Send Down George Kontos, Call Up Sandy Rosario

By Bryan Rose

May 3, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher

George Kontos

(70) pitches the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at AT

It’s been a rough year for San Francisco Giants reliever George Kontos, one that because even tougher this afternoon – on his birthday of all days.

Currently the owner of a 5.76 ERA and a disgusting 1.45 WHIP, the San Francisco Giants decided to option the third year reliever to Triple-A Fresno this afternoon.

The stop in Fresno is only (well hopefully) temporary though as the already depleted Giants bullpen could use some help. Hopefully the time on the farm will allow Kontos to get back to the pitcher he was last year, where he appeared in 44 games for the Giants, posting a 2.47 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. I’d expect Kontos back in a few weeks/month, or sooner if there are any further injuries.

Taking Kontos’ place will be reliever Sandy Rosario who has had struggles of his own.

Rosario, in 2.2 innings for the Giants this year has given up 4 hits and 2 runs and probably isn’t going to be that much more effective than Kontos, but at least Kontos’ confidence wont be damaged anymore at the big league level.