SF Giants promote Jimmie Sherfy, DFA Matt Wisler

SF Giants, Matt Wisler

DENVER, CO – MAY 5: Relief pitcher Matt Wisler #37 of the San Francisco Giants delivers to home plate during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 5, 2021. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The SF Giants made a pair of roster moves prior to Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. After placing outfielder Alex Dickerson on the injured list and promoting left-handed pitching prospect Sammy Long, the Giants activated right-handed pitcher James Sherfy from the injured list and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler for assignment.

The SF Giants added Jimmie Sherfy to the active roster and DFA Matt Wisler.

We speculated that Sherfy would be joining the big-league roster soon. Sherfy began the season at Triple-A Sacramento, where he struck out 11, walked one, surrendered three hits, and allowed zero runs over 7.2 innings. Then, he joined Team USA for the Olympic qualifiers. However, when he returned, the Giants quietly added him to the 40-man roster and immediately placed him on the 10-day injured list.

Drafted and developed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sherfy had previously made 43 MLB appearances, struck out 48, walked 17, and recorded a 2.98 ERA (3.82 FIP). After struggling mightily in 2020, Sherfy was forced to settle for a minor league deal this offseason. It likely included an opt-out if he was not on the 40-man roster by a certain date, which probably prompted last week’s roster move.

Our own Jeff Young deserves credit for predicting that Wisler could be exposed to waivers. The 28-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Giants this offseason but quickly fell out of favor with manager Gabe Kapler. While Wisler has some encouraging underlying numbers (4.19 FIP and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings), he has posted a 6.05 ERA over 21 appearances. He will now go through waivers and, if he goes unclaimed, will be able to declare himself a free agent.

The SF Giants bullpen underwent a minor shakeup on Wednesday, adding right-handed reliever Jimmie Sherfy to the big-league roster and designating righty Matt Wisler for assignment. Wisler could remain in the organization, but he will have to clear waivers and accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues.