SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants made a couple of anticipated roster moves prior to Friday night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, calling up outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno and activating left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the 15-day disabled list.
The club optioned struggling backup catcher Hector Sanchez and right-hander Sandy Rosario to Fresno.
The Giants still must make another move no later than Monday to create space for left-hander Jose Mijares, who is on the bereavement list.
As I wrote Thursday, the swap of Sanchez for Peguero changes the complexion of the Giants’ roster in a couple of ways. Guillermo Quiroz becomes the only backup catcher to Buster Posey. And Peguero represents a more versatile presence with his ability to pinch run, play all three outfield spots and provide a right-handed bat with more offensive upside.
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The Giants could even use Peguero as the right-handed portion of a platoon in left field with Gregor Blanco, following Andres Torres’ defensive lapses in recent games. I don’t think Torres would lose at-bats so quickly if he were just dealing with an offensive slump. But this is a team that absolutely must catch the ball.
It’s possible Peguero will get a start on Sunday, when the Dodgers have left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to pitch.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy probably didn’t think it fair to throw Peguero in there immediately, against left-hander Clayton Kershaw in Friday’s series opener. Torres is in the lineup against the former Cy Young Award winner.
The Dodgers also had a lefty scheduled to pitch Saturday, but reports out of Los Angeles indicate that Ted Lilly will not be able to recover from his back injection in time. It’s likely to be rookie right-hander Matt Magill, instead.
Here’s the lineup, and as Bochy had hinted in Arizona, he is giving shortstop Brandon Crawford his first rest of the season. That leaves Hunter Pence as the only Giant to start every game:
One more note: The Giants are sending infielder Tony Abreu on a rehab assignment. He’ll join Fresno in time for Friday’s game. Abreu, considered a favorite on reporting day to make the opening day roster, only played in one game all spring because of a recurring knee issue.