Giants shuffle roster, bring back Noonan, Peguero

Giants shuffle roster, bring back Noonan, Peguero
August 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Rookie Nick Noonan has hit .213 with five RBI over 52 games with the big-league club this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made a series of roster moves Thursday, placing outfielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called a left Achilles strain and optioning left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham to Triple-A. To replace them, the Giants recalled infielder Nick Noonan and outfielder Francisco Peguero.

Torres, 35, is expected to head to North Carolina for a second opinion. The team isn't calling it the end of Torres' season just yet, but surgery is an option.

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Placing Torres on the DL was not part of the plan, but the outfielder alerted his coaching staff of his discomfort around 1 p.m. Thursday, forcing them to make a move and promote Peguero.

Kickham, 24, would have been unavailable to manager Bruce Bochy for a number of days after burning 68 pitches in eating four innings in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Red Sox.

"I thought he threw well here, for a bit," Bochy said Thursday.

The plan is for Kickham to rejoin the Triple-A rotation despite speculation that he would be better served as a reliever. He has proven to be wildly effective in his first inning of work and considerable less so in subsequent frames.

Noonan, 24, rejoins the team after he was optioned on July 13, providing infield depth for Bochy. Tony Abreu, who was on the field testing his injured knee by running first to third early on Thursday, isn't quite ready to be activated and the manager has been unable to give Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro days off.

Noonan is hitting .213 with five RBI in 52 games for the Giants, and .252 with 18 RBI in 40 Triple-A games this year.

Peguero, 25, is back with the big league club for the first time since May.

"He'll play some outfield, left field," said Bochy, who indicated he would rotate Peguero with Gregor Blanco, Roger Kieschnick and Thursday's starter Brett Pill in left.

Peguero has three hits in 16 big league at-bats for a .188 average this year, but has hit .318 in 66 Triple-A games.

 

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