Giants scratch Vogelsong, re-sign Abreu

Giants scratch Vogelsong, re-sign Abreu
March 28, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Ryan Vogelsong allowed 19 earned runs in 19 innings this spring. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants didn’t want to risk forecasted rain washing out Ryan Vogelsong’s final spring tuneup, so they scratched him for Saturday’s exhibition game at Oakland.

Vogelsong traveled back to Arizona where the Giants planned for him to reach his pitch count in a minor league camp game. 

The Giants plan to start left-hander Edwin Escobar in Vogelsong's place at Oakland, assuming there's actual baseball. Escobar had a nice spring and gave the Giants encouragement that he'll be ready if needed as a replacement in the rotation this season. The 22-year-old will begin this season with Triple-A Fresno.

In other news, infielder Tony Abreu cleared waivers and re-signed a minor league contract with the Giants. He’ll report to Triple-A Fresno. Abreu had been put on release waivers a week ago; it’s expected that Brandon Hicks and Ehire Adrianza will make the opening-day roster as backup infielders, instead.

The Giants were expected to set their roster on Saturday.