The San Francisco Giants are going to have some decisions to make with their roster. Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence, Mark Melancon, Joe Panik, and Alen Hanson are all set to return soon.
This will create some difficult decisions for the Giants front office. Both Bumgarner and Melancon are returning from the 60-day disabled list. As a result, the Giants will need to create roster spots on the 40-man roster for both to return. This means either transferring an injured player to the 60-day disabled list. Or, designating a player for assignment — this is not going to be easy.
In addition to this, Pence, Panik, and Hanson are set to return. Pence and Panik will likely return within the next week. It seems likely Pence will return in a part-time role as Mac Williamson appears to be the starting left-fielder.
Panik needs to get some at-bats to get back into playing shape. So, it is likely he returns at the end of this week. Hanson is still building up in-game repetitions. As a result, he seems to be the farthest away from returning.
Currently, Pence, Panik, Melancon, and Bumgarner are progressing through rehab assignments. Hanson is beginning his rehab, and all should be back soon. The Giants may be able to easily navigate through the additions of Pence, Panik, and Melancon. However, the roster decisions become trickier with the return of Bumgarner and Hanson shortly thereafter.
Here are some notes on Pence, Panik, Melancon, and Bumgarner’s rehab: