Before the start of the SF Giants weekend series against the San Diego Padres, San Francisco placed outfielder Alex Dickerson on the injured list and activated left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. The roster had an open roster spot after prospect Joey Bart was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week.
The SF Giants placed Alex Dickerson on the IL and activated Jarlin Garcia and Mike Yastrzemski.
Garcia was placed on the injured list roughly a week ago with a groin injury. One of the Giants’ most consistent relievers last season, the southpaw has struggled to replicate that success this year. In 5 appearances, he completed 6.1 innings and struck out 9, but surrendered 5 walks, 4 hits (2 home runs), and recorded an 8.53 ERA (7.20 FIP). Given his struggles, the team surely hopes that a break from action for his groin to recover can help him return to his 2020 form.
Yastrzemski dealt with a couple of minor injuries early in the season but was placed on the injured list with a left oblique strain on April 27th. Of course, Yastrzemski is one of the best players on the Giants roster, finishing eighth in National League MVP voting last season with a .297/.400/.568 triple-slash. After struggling early, Yastrzemski heated up before he was placed on the IL. Thus far in 2021, Yaz is hitting .215/.303/.468 with six doubles, a triple, and four home runs.
Mike Yastrzemski immediately made a positive impact for the SF Giants in Friday’s 5-4 victory against the Padres, making a fantastic diving catch in right field. Given the struggles throughout the bullpen thus far in the season, it would not be surprising if Jarlin Garcia received another high-leverage opportunity soon.