Giants call up 1B Belt, SS Crawford, C Stewart


Giants call up 1B Belt, SS Crawford, C Stewart

May 26, 2011
Mychael Urban

Brandon Belt will be called up to the Giants as part of a roster shuffle following the Wednesday night injury to catcher Buster Posey. He will be in uniform for Thursday's game with Florida.

The rookie first baseman confirmed to that he was in San Jose and en route to join the big club.

To make room on 40-man roster for Chris Stewart and Brandon Crawford, the Giants designated Ryan Rohlinger and Henry Sosa for assignment. Stewart will step in as a backup catcher, Crawford provides infield depth after Mike Fontenot strained a groin Wednesday.

Crawford is the organization's top shortstop prospect.

In 132 plate appearances at Fresno, Belt is hitting .337, with four homers and three steals.

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Belt made the Opening Day roster in large part due to the calf injury that sidelined Cody Ross to start the season. He singled in his big league debut and homered in the opening series at Dodger Stadium. But he was sent down in late April after he hit .192 with two extra-base hits in 52 at-bats.

Stewart was signed in January to a minor-league deal. He played in two games for the Padres last season but he didnt get any at bats. Stewart has appeared in 33 games for Fresno this season, hitting .221 with 10 RBIs.

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game


A Giants minor leaguer made history on Tuesday night in Kentucky.

Left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Lexington Legends.

It is the first nine-inning perfect game in the history of the Class-A South Atlanta League.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches to complete the feat and struck out nine Legends batters in the effort. The last three outs were all flyball outs and the final out set off a wild celebration by GreenJackets players, who mobbed Mazza.

Including Tuesday's performance, the 22-year-old Mazza owns a 3.48 ERA in four starts for Augusta this season. In 2016, he made 14 starts for Augusta and compiled a 3.93 ERA.

Born in Walnut Creek, Mazza attended Clayton Valley High School and played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara. The Giants drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.