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SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants began discussing call-ups when active rosters expand to 40 players on Monday, and there could be one surprising addition along with outfielder Juan Perez, infielder Adam Duvall and catcher Guillermo Quiroz.
Right-hander Hunter Strickland has used his upper-90s fastball to dominate Double-A Richmond after returning from Tommy John surgery, and he could be a difference maker out of the bullpen down the stretch.
Strickland, 25, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11 appearances since July 27. He has a 2.15 ERA in 40 games with a .199 opponent’s average. He has struck out 53 and walked just four.
Strickland was just as dominant last year for San Jose, posting a 0.86 ERA in 20 games, before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament while recording a save at High Desert. Strickland had the tying run at third base when he felt the pop in his elbow, but kept throwing anyway and got the ground ball to protect a one-run victory.
Another hard thrower, Erik Cordier, is also on the 40-man roster and is receiving consideration for a promotion. So is right-hander Kendry Flores and left-hander Mike Kickham. Left-hander Steven Okert, who is holding lefties to a .174 average at Richmond, would need to have his contract purchased but has received consideration as well.
Then there’s Mark Minicozzi, the hero of spring training, who could represent a threat off the bench but isn’t on the 40-man roster. The Giants are full at 40 right now but could clear space by transferring Matt Cain, Marco Scutaro and Hector Sanchez to the 60-day DL.