Giants add Villalona, prospects to 40-man roster


Giants add Villalona, prospects to 40-man roster

The Giants added six prospects to their 40-man roster Friday night, protecting them from being claimed by other teams in the Rule 5 draft, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News.

The most noteworthy name among those protected is first baseman Angel Villalona, who has spent the past two years in his native Dominican Republic after being charged with murdering a 25-year-old man outside a bar in La Romana, while on the disabled list of the Single-A San Jose Giants and on a team-approved visit home.

Villalona signed with the Giants in 2006 as a 16-year-old for what was a then-franchise record (for an amateur) 2.1 million bonus. But after the murder charge was levied against him as a 19-year-old, Villalona was relegated to baseball's restricted list.

On Sept. 2 of this year, Villalona received his first bit of good news, when Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans told that the power hitter became eligible for reinstatement.

That reinstatement happened Friday night, when he was added to the Giants 40-man roster.

According to the report, the Giants do not expect an problems getting Villalona a visa, which must be done before he can work for the Giants in the United States. He is currently at the Giants' Dominican camp getting back into shape.

Outfielders Roger Kieschnick and Tyler Graham, second baseman Charlie Culberson, and pitchers Dan Otero and Hector Correa were the other five players protected.

In corresponding moves, the Giants removed outfielder Darren Ford and pitcher Waldis Joaquin from the 40-man roster and designated them for assignment.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

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With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P