SF Giants call up rookie pitcher, Alex Wood back to the injured list

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The SF Giants welcomed back Tristan Beck on Sunday morning. However, it was because Alex Wood returned to the injured list due to a back strain according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

SF Giants call up rookie pitcher, Alex Wood back to the injured list

The Giants did get some good news on Sunday. Slusser also reported that both Joc Pederson and Thairo Estrada are likely to be activated during the next series against the Colorado Rockies in Colorado.

Pederson has been dealing with a nagging hand contusion, whereas Estrada sustained a left wrist sprain. Pederson began a rehab assignment with the San Jose Giants on Saturday, recording three hitless at-bats. The results are not necessarily important with a rehab assignment. It is more about a hitter getting his timing down in the batter's box. On the other hand, it does not sound like Estrada will need a rehab assignment.

However, the Wood injury stretches a rotation that is already thin. Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, and Anthony DeSclafani have held down the front end of the rotation, but the back end has been patched together by Wood, Ross Stripling, Sean Manaea, and bullpen games.

Wood has been serviceable with the Giants in 2023 as he has recorded a 4.80 ERA, 4.59 FIP, 1.60 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, and a 1.88 SO/W ratio across eight appearances. His last outing was rough as he yielded six earned runs across 4.1 frames against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Wood's control has been unusually poor by his stands this year.

The good news is that Tristan Beck is returning. The rotation currently features three options, including Webb, Wood, and DeSclafani. Manaea could slot back into the rotation after a couple of quality outings.

However, Beck could be a candidate for the rotation after making a solid impression in his first stint with the Giants earlier this season. The 26-year-old registered a 4.10 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.10 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, and a 6.00 SO/W rate in 10 appearances while working as a bulk innings arm out of the bullpen. This includes a solid 51.9 percent ground ball rate.

He allowed four earned runs in his first appearance and then tallied a 3.43 ERA over the next nine outings. The Giants will definitely need some extra help from the pitching staff over the next couple of days as playing in Coors Field can be unpredictable.