The San Francisco Giants optioned left-hander Andrew Suarez to the minors on Friday. What’s next?
He’s made 11 appearances this season and not been particularly effective as a starter or reliever with a 7.43 ERA in 23 innings of work.
That leaves the Giants with an open spot on the active roster, and they already had an opening on the 40-man roster.
That leaves the San Francisco Giants with plenty of options heading into a two-game road series against the Oakland Athletics. With the DH rule in place in an American League park, slugger Jaylin Davis could get the nod.
Davis, 25, was acquired at the trade deadline as part of the return package from the Minnesota Twins in the Sam Dyson trade. He’s been crushing the ball all season with a .314/.408/.621 line that includes 35 home runs and 90 RBI in 503 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A.
He’s been particularly hot of late, going 14-for-28 with eight home runs and 13 RBI in his last seven games, including a pair of multi-homer performances.
While it’s tough to ignore those numbers, the San Francisco Giants could instead opt to add pitching, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Shaun Anderson turned in a solid rehab start on Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento as he works his way back from a blister problem that landed him on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 8. Working on a 60-pitch limit, he made it through 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out four batters along the way.
With fellow rookie Tyler Beede going 0-4 with an 8.23 ERA in his last six starts, the Giants could consider using the open roster spot to recall Anderson, with Beede moving to the bullpen in the process.
Adding another lefty to the bullpen is another option.
Veteran Tony Watson has been rocked of late. Over his last 26 batters faced, he’s surrendered 10 earned runs while serving up three home runs and a .500 batting average en route to a 27.00 ERA. Southpaws Williams Jerez and Sam Selman are both already on the 40-man roster and both have seen MLB action this year, so they would likely be at the top of the list for a call-up.
Time will tell how the San Francisco Giants decide to use their available 25-man roster spot. Will this be the last roster shuffling we see before rosters expand on Sept. 1?