SF Giants send Anthony DeSclafani to injured list, recall exciting pitching prospect

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It has been a tough year for Anthony DeSclafani as he has battled both injury and ineffectiveness. The SF Giants were dealt another blow as the veteran pitcher was sent to the injured list with a right elbow flexor strain. Tristan Beck was recalled in a corresponding roster move.

SF Giants send Anthony DeSclafani to injured list, recall exciting pitching prospect

DeSclafani got off to a really nice start in 2023 as he posted a 2.70 ERA in five starts through the first month of the season. However, he has hit a rough patch since then, producing a 5.81 ERA in his last 14 appearances.

This will be the 33-year-old's second stint on the injured list this month. DeSclafani battled a bout of shoulder fatigue at the beginning of July but missed minimal time. According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants are labeling the latest injury as a Grade 1 elbow strain.

The good news is that it is generally considered a mild strain. That said, considering DeSclafani's injuries in recent years and the fact that this is an elbow ailment, the coaching staff will want to be cautious with not rushing him back too soon.

Tristan Beck will take DeSclafani's spot on the roster. The rookie pitcher helped the Giants notch a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday by completing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to keep the game tied.

The 2023 campaign has been a solid one for Beck and one that could become a springboard for a larger role. The Giants have battled inconsistency from the back end of the rotation this year and Beck has quickly proven to be a fix to that problem.

The 27-year-old pitcher has tallied a 2.94 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 1.09 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, and a 3.15 SO/W ratio in 21 appearances with the Giants. Despite the up-and-down movement from Triple-A and the lack of a defined role, Beck has done nicely for the Giants this year.

The rookie pitcher features a mid-90's fastball with a good slider and sweeper. Beck gets good extension on his fastball, so the velocity plays up and there is some nice armside movement that makes it a tough pitch to hit, especially against left-handed hitters. The slider and sweeper have proven to be reliable options as well.

This should be a good opportunity for Beck as he is expected to receive an extended look and the Giants hope that he can help stabilize the rotation.