SF Giants: Daniel Robertson and Rico Garcia up, Trevor Gott to the IL
By Jeff Young
In preparation for today’s doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, the SF Giants announced a flurry of roster moves including calling up both reliever Rico Garcia and infielder Daniel Robertson as well as placing Trevor Gott on the injured list.
Gott is hitting the shelf with right elbow inflammation, which is never a good sign. Last season, the SF Giants hurler finished the year on the injured list with a UCL sprain and flexor strain in his right elbow as well.
Despite the nature of the injury, Gott could possibly return this year. The 28-year-old posted a 10.03 ERA with eight strikeouts across 11.2 frames while converting four saves in six opportunities.
Given these struggles, the shortened season may not bode well for Gott as he is set to enter arbitration for the first time this offseason. As a result, the Giants will need to decide if they want to retain the righty while handing out a modest raise.
To take his place, reliever Rico Garcia was recalled from the alternate training site in Sacramento. His stay at the alternate training site was brief after being optioned back there a couple of days ago.
Garcia has recorded a 6.75 ERA across eight innings while flashing a mid-90’s fastball. The surface-level stats are not too promising, but the Giants are thin on quality right-handed relievers and do like what they have seen from Garcia:
Since the SF Giants are playing a doubleheader, they are allowed to bring up an extra player, which they did by recalling Daniel Robertson.
Roberston was recently acquired as a waiver claim from the Tampa Bay Rays. In three seasons with Tampa Bay, the 26-year-old has slashed a .231/.340/.352 line with a stout 11.6 percent walk rate against a 25.2 percent strikeout rate.
On top of this, Robertson is extremely versatile with extensive experience at shortstop, second base, third base, and left field. He does a lot of things well, and I think he fits the type of player the Giants continue to target.
Since joining the Giants, Roberston is 3-13 with two walks and two RBI. Given that they are playing a doubleheader, the 26-year-old should make an appearance at some point today.
Unless the Giants make another roster move after the game, Roberston will likely return to the alternate training site.
San Francisco lost the first game of the series against the Padres on Thursday, but have not played since then due to a COVID false positive. At 23-22, the Giants will look to continue their playoff push but have a tough challenge ahead of them with two games against the Padres today.