The SF Giants activate young pitcher from injured list, option Tyler Fitzgerald

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It was a weird morning on Sunday for Tyler Fitzgerald. At one point, he was in the starting lineup and playing shortstop. However, he was optioned back to Triple-A before the game started to make room for Keaton Winn according to the team's transaction log.

The SF Giants activate young pitcher from injured list, option Tyler Fitzgerald

Matt Chapman experienced a hamstring cramp on Sunday morning, so the Giants had to pivot by moving Brett Wisely to shortstop and Casey Schmitt to third base. This led to Fitzgerald making his way back to Triple-A.

The speedy utility bat has done a nice job in a reserve role. In 72 plate appearances, he is slashing .273/.333/.409 (117 wRC+) with one home run, four RBI, and nine runs in 72 plate appearances. This includes a 6.9 percent walk rate, 33.3 percent strikeout rate, .136 ISO and five steals in six opportunities.

That type of production is good enough to carve out a role on the bench. That said, Fitzgerald's high strikeout rate and .415 babip are red flags that suggest that his triple-slash line is not all that sustainable. Though, it is hard to ignore that he is one of the few base-stealing threats on a roster that is largely devoid of anyone who can swipe bags.

The right-handed bat briefly spent time with the Sacramento River Cats at the end of May and immediately went on a tear. He posted a 1.803 OPS with six home runs and 13 RBI in just six games with the River Cats. That type of production will not keep someone in Triple-A for long and the Giants recalled him when LaMonte Wade Jr. landed on the injured list.

On the other side of the transaction, Keaton Winn returned to the mound after missing nearly a month with a forearm strain. He did make on rehab appearance with the ACL Giants earlier this week Winn's first start back in the majors did not go as planned as he allowed seven earned runs in 4.1 frames against the Texas Rangers in a 7-2 loss on Sunday.

The right-handed hurler now has a 6.94 ERA through 10 starts. Though, this comes with a 4.44 FIP and a 3.92 xFIP, so the Giants might believe that he has thrown better than his ERA would indicate. For the time being, he will continue to starts, but a move to the bullpen could be in the cards if he continues to struggle.