SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.
The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.
Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.
The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.
Chris Heston will always go down in Giants history.
On June 9, 2015, Heston hurled the 17th no-hitter in club history in the Giants' 5-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field. Now two years later, Heston is one of the Giants' rivals.
The Dodgers claimed Heston off waivers Friday, the club announced. He went 0-1 with a 19.80 ERA over two appearances -- one start -- for the Mariners this season.
After the 2016 season, the Giants traded Heston to the Mariners for a player to be named later, who still hasn't been named to date.
Heston went 13-12 with a 4.16 ERA over 38 games pitched for the Giants from 2014-16.