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Giants Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Waive Joaquin

Giants Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Waive Joaquin

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contracts of right-handedpitchers Jose Casilla and Steve Edlefsen and left-handed pitcher Clayton Tanner to the clubs 40-manroster. In addition, Brett Pillhas been outrighted to triple-A Fresno and WaldisJoaquin has been placed on release waivers, club Senior VicePresident and General Manager Brian Sabeanannounced today.With todaystransactions, San Francisconow has 37 players on its 40-man roster.Casilla, who is theyounger brother to Giants relief pitcher Santiago, spent the 2010 campaign atClass A Augusta forging a 4-1 record with a 1.16 ERA (7er, 54.1ip) and 14 savesin 46 relief appearances. The 21-year-old right-hander was named to hisfirst-ever All-Star team in 2010, making the South Atlantic Leaguesmid-season squad.The five-yearprofessional has logged a 15-6 record with a 2.33 ERA (48er, 185.2ip) and 26saves in 97 relief appearances. He was signed by the Giants as a non-draftedfree agent in 2006.Edlefsen posted a7-2 record with a 2.38 ERA (17er, 64.1ip) and six saves in 49 reliefappearances in his second season at triple-A Fresno. The 2010 PCL mid-seasonAll-Star has quickly climbed San Franciscos organizational ladder since beingdrafted by the club in the 16th round of the 2007 draft. In parts of just twoseasons at the triple-A level, the 26-year-old has gone 12-2 with a 2.39 ERA(25er, 94.1ip) and eight saves in 71 relief outings.A native of Minneapolis, MN.,Edlefsen has posted a record of 25-8 with a 2.46 ERA (67er, 244.2ip) and 17saves in 156 relief appearances in his four seasons at the minor league level.Tanner, 22, went 9-9with a 3.68 ERA (61er, 149.0ip) in 27 starting assignments for double-A Richmond in 2010. Theleft-hander, who was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team,finished ninth in the league in ERA.Born in Mona Vale, Australia, Tanner grew up in the Bay Area andgraduated from De La Salle (Concord, CA) High School. In five seasonsat the minor league level hes gone 45-33 with a 3.53 ERA (222er,566.2ip) in 117 games (100 starts).Pill,26, batted .275 (143-for-520) with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 84 RBI attriple-A Fresno in 2010.Joaquin, 23, appeared in just four gameswith the Giants this season, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings. Hespent the majority of the 2010 season with triple-A Fresno, going 1-2 with a4.93 ERA (19er, 34.2ip) in 23 games (five starts). He underwent surgery on hislower back (microdiscectomy) on November 10.
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After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

SAN FRANCISCO — After the final out Monday night, a round table was carried into the corner of the home clubhouse at AT&T Park and surrounded by chairs. Eleven players were sitting, eating, drinking and laughing as Chris Stratton prepared to address the media. 

It was a rare sight for the Giants these days, a very rare sight. But then, so was Monday’s result. Stratton led the way in a 2-0 win over the Brewers that was the first home shutout of the season and motivated the joyous post-game scene. 

The shutout was just the second of the season for the staff. Ty Blach went the distance in the other one and Stratton, a fellow rookie, did the heavy lifting Monday, throwing six strong innings before giving way to the bullpen. Matt Cain pitched the seventh, Mark Melancon pitched the eighth while going back-to-back for the first time in three months, and Sam Dyson closed it out quickly. 

There’s a chance that Stratton joins that group in a few days. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a rehab start on Tuesday night in Sacramento and that could put him on track to return to the rotation a turn later. That would line up with Stratton’s next start, but Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to kick the young righty out of the rotation, not after back-to-back scoreless starts against two of the better lineups in the league. A few days after striking out 10 Washington Nationals, Stratton cut through the Brewers. He has 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two appearances. 

“For how we’re using him, he’s really handled it well,” Bochy said. “We skipped him, moved him back three or four days, but he doesn’t let it faze him. This is an important time for these young players coming up, whether it’s (Ryder) Jones or (Jarrett) Parker or Stratton. They’re trying to show they belong in the Major Leagues.

“You’re hoping these guys show they’re ready to play here and we don’t have to do something else because we can do it internally.”

Bochy said he could use a six-man rotation when Cueto returns, or a starter could be skipped. That will all sort itself, but the manager made one thing clear. 

“We’d like to pitch him as much as we can,” Bochy said of Stratton.

That’s the same thing Bochy used to say of another right-hander, one he compared Stratton to before Monday’s game. Bochy was asked about Yusmeiro Petit, and he smiled and fondly stated, “He was so good. So good.” The Giants see some Petit in Stratton. He is unaffected by long layoffs and he’s capable of starting, relieving, or even pumping his fastball up a couple ticks for short outings. 

Petit was a mainstay in San Francisco for years, a key cog in a championship team. Bochy has been looking for that piece since Petit departed in free agency, and Stratton seems like he might be suited for the role. He will want more, of course, because all pitchers do. The Giants will give him five more weeks here to try and earn that. 

For the moment, Stratton’s focus is elsewhere. He turns 27 on Monday and the celebration started early. As Stratton answered questions, veterans at the table heckled him about striking out just one Brewer. 

“I left all the strikeouts in Washington, I guess,” Stratton said. 

Nick Hundley walked up with a TV remote and held it up between the cameras. 

“What was your thought on the punchout?” he asked. 

“I’m glad he swung,” Stratton said, smiling. “It was a ball.”

“Did you think about getting any more?” Hundley asked. 

With that, he smiled and ducked back behind the cameras to return to the celebration in the corner. A few minutes later, Stratton joined him.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

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—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.