SF Giants activate LHP Jarlin Garcia and OF Mike Yastrzemski
By Marc Delucchi
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.