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SF Giants activate Logan Webb and Jake McGee, option two relievers

SF Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb may have struggled in 2020, but he looks like a different pitcher this spring. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SF Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb may have struggled in 2020, but he looks like a different pitcher this spring. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SF Giants relief pitcher Jake McGee (17) throws against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports)

The SF Giants completed their roster shuffling on Tuesday, activating Logan Webb and Jake McGee from the COVID-related injured list. McGee and Webb had both dealt with some adverse symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine, so the Giants placed them on the IL this weekend to free up a pair of roster spots. To make room for McGee and Webb’s return, relievers Trevor Gott and Sam Selman were optioned to the alternate site.

Normally, Gott would have to be exposed to waivers to be optioned to the minor leagues. However, due to Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 related rules, Gott could be added and removed from the 40-man roster without exposure to waivers since he replaced a player on the COVID-related IL. Gott had been designated for assignment at the beginning of spring training.

The SF Giants activated Logan Webb and Jake McGee from the IL.

Neither Gott nor Selman made an appearance with the Giants during their stint with the team. Selman will likely return to the Giants bullpen at some point this season, though, given his solid big-league track record.  Across two MLB seasons, the 30-year-old has recorded a 3.96 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 29.2 innings of work.

Webb immediately slots into the Giants’ rotation, filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto in Tuesday’s matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rocklin, California native began the year in the starting rotation but was moved to the bullpen upon Alex Wood‘s return from injury. In three appearances (two starts), Webb has completed 11.1 innings, struck out 12, walked 5, surrendered 15 hits, and registered a 4.76 ERA.

McGee, of course, has been the Giants’ best reliever. Locking down the ninth inning, McGee is tied for the league-lead with 6 saves. In his last appearance, before he was placed on the IL, McGee blew his first save of the year, but even after that outing, he still has 10 strikeouts across 8.1 innings with a 2.16 ERA.

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The SF Giants took advantage of the COVID-related injured list to give them extra roster flexibility over the past couple of days. However, manager Gabe Kapler is definitely excited to have Logan Webb back in the rotation and Jake McGee at the back of the bullpen.

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