San Francisco Giants roster rundown: Prospects (Martinez, Fox), call-ups (Pence, Osich) and more

By Matthew Connolly
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Jul 8, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence (8) warms up in the fourth inning of their MLB baseball game with the New York Mets at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Call-ups: Hunter Pence is back, but Josh Osich is the one making headlines

OK, there’s no way Pence rejoining the Giants doesn’t get written about everywhere, especially when he’s making plays like this in his first game back:

Yeah, that was pretty sweet. Throw in a pair of RBIs and Pence was basically the driving force behind San Francisco’s first win in ages. He followed that up with a multi-hit performance in a losing effort on Thursday.

Great stuff, but with all due respect to Hunter, left-hander Josh Osich is the call-up that has everyone’s attention.

Since taking Mike Broadway’s spot on the 25-man roster, the reliever who began the season with the team’s Double-A affiliate has been dealing: 3 2/3 innings pitched, no hits…and a mid-90s fastball? I had forgotten what those look like.

In all seriousness, Giants fans should all be crossing their fingers (and toes) that he can avoid the injuries that have followed him his whole career. Jeremy Affeldt is injured and, to be frank, over the hill. Until Steven Okert (Triple-A) is MLB ready, the team needs another southpaw to pair with Javier Lopez.

It’s unfortunate that Osich’s emergence came at the expense of another redemption story (Broadway), but that’s the nature of the game.

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