LOS ANGELES -- Giants right-hander Chris Stratton was released on Wednesday from a hospital in the Salem, Ore., area after doctors had held him overnight for observation because of a concussion.
Stratton, the Giants' top draft pick last June, was struck just above his ear by a line drive during batting practice Tuesday prior to Salem-Keizer's game against Vancouver in the short-season Northwest League.
Stratton was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where I'm told that tests ruled out a skull fracture or hemorrhage.
Stratton, the 20th overall selection and Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year out of Mississippi State, was standing near second base when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chuckie Jones. The power-hitting outfielder later that night hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that led the Volcanoes to a 3-0 victory -- Tom Trebelhorn's 1,200th win of his managerial career.
Stratton, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in eight games (fivestarts) for the Volcanoes, but also had walked 10 in 16 13 innings. He almost certainly won't pitch again this season, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.
After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.
The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.
The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.
In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.
Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.
First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.
In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.
Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.
He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.
San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.
Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.