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SF Giants Place Alex Dickerson On Paternity Leave In Slew of Roster Moves

SF Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson was reinstated from paternity leave today and the team DFA'd Justin Smoak to clear a roster spot. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SF Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson was reinstated from paternity leave today and the team DFA'd Justin Smoak to clear a roster spot. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SF Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The SF Giants placed outfielder Alex Dickerson on paternity leave and optioned southpaw Andrew Suarez. The team recalled lefthanded reliever Wandy Peralta and infielder Daniel Robertson.

SF Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson has been the center of plenty of baseball news recently. Now he hopes to have some good news of his own to share soon. Dickerson was placed on paternity leave to be with his wife, who is 40-weeks pregnant over the coming days. Around the Foghorn wishes Dickerson and his family the best.

Since Dickerson was placed on paternity leave, the Giants were able to recall left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta just a day after optioning him to the alternate site in a corresponding move. By bringing Peralta back into the fold, the Giants decided to option fellow southpaw Andrew Suarez for versatile utilityman Daniel Robertson.

The Giants will not, at least temporarily, be forced to play Darin Ruf, Mauricio Dubon, and Luis Basabe in the outfield with Dickerson out, Austin Slater unable to play the field, and Mike Yastrzemski dealing with an injury. Robertson is capable of handling left field if the team has to make a switch, but is much more comfortable on the infield dirt.

While he got off to an inconsistent start, Peralta’s turned his season around. In 23 innings across 22 appearances, Peralta holds an ERA of 3.91 (his best mark since 2017) alongside the highest strikeout rate (8.6 K/9) of his career. He played a pivotal role in the Giants comeback 6-4 win against the Mariners on Thursday, throwing 3 shutout innings.

Over his career, Robertson has produced a .231/.340/.350 triple-slash in 846 plate appearances. In 6 games with the Giants, Robertson is 3-13 with two walks and four strikeouts. His primary value comes on the defensive side of the ball where he is at least average at every infield position.

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With the SF Giants chances at a postseason birth quickly waning, the team’s depth in the lineup and on the pitching staff are being tested. It’ll take a number of players stepping up to make the difference. Otherwise, they won’t be joining the National League playoffs in Texas.

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