Giants to make daily roster moves to aid lineup, pitching staff this week

The SF Giants called up Aramis Garcia from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday

San Francisco Giants’ Alex Dickerson (8) connects for a solo home run against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the second inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants player who changed the offense and ignited the team’s July hot streak is due to return in the near future.

Outfielder Alex Dickerson could be active in San Francisco as soon as Wednesday after beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Dickerson, who hit .346 in 107 at-bats before landing on the injured list, is expected to be evaluated by the Giants training staff after receiving “three or four” at-bats as a designated hitter for the Sacramento River Cats.

Dickerson has been sidelined since July 30 with a right oblique strain that’s unrelated to a back spasm he dealt with in the middle of July. Despite a brutal injury history that’s kept him off the field for a significant portion of his professional career, there’s no question Dickerson is an impact power-hitter who transforms the Giants lineup.

In 30 games with the Giants this season, Dickerson has posted a 1.3 bWAR which ranks fifth among the players who have appeared for the club this year. His production in a limited stint outranks many of the team’s regulars including Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said they’ll know more about Dickerson’s availability after he meets with the team’s training staff on Wednesday, but if he doesn’t play against Oakland, he will likely return for the team’s four-game series in Arizona.

Garcia promoted, Avelino ready

After optioning rookie starter Conner Menez to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, the Giants promoted Aramis Garcia to take his roster spot.

Garcia is starting Tuesday’s series opener against the A’s at first base, a position he’s played 22 times with Triple-A this season. Bochy said the Giants promoted Garcia because they wanted an additional right-handed bat against A’s left-hander Brett Anderson.

In 74 at-bats against lefties at Triple-A this year, Garcia has posted a 1.205 OPS.

Garcia was not the lone River Cats player to travel to San Francisco as he was joined by infielder Abiatal Avelino. Avelino joined the team’s taxi squad, but was not added to the 25-man roster.

Bochy said Avelino is in San Francisco in case switch-hitting infielder Pablo Sandoval needs a stint on the injured list. Sandoval is dealing with right elbow inflammation that is causing him pain when throwing and swinging right-handed.

Sandoval has loose bodies in his elbow that could eventually require an operation, but Bochy said he expected Sandoval to be available off the bench to hit left-handed on Tuesday.

Rodríguez, Webb options for starting rotation

The Giants have two open spots in their starting rotation this week due to the demotion of Menez and the injury absence of Shaun Anderson (blister).

Anderson played catch Tuesday and is eligible to return from the injured list Sunday in Arizona, but it’s too soon to know if he’ll be activated to face the D’backs.

Bochy indicated Dereck Rodríguez will likely return from Triple-A Sacramento to start against the D’backs and mentioned reliever Andrew Suárez and top pitching prospect Logan Webb as potential options to make starts this week.

If the Giants leave Jeff Samardzija on regular rest, his turn in the rotation is due up Thursday. The Giants can also call Rodríguez up to pitch Thursday and give Samardzija an extra day of rest after he tossed eight innings against the Phillies in his last outing.

Webb made his Triple-A debut with seven innings of one-run ball on Monday, but Bochy said the right-hander is already in consideration to join the Giants’ big league rotation. If the Giants opt to use Webb instead of Suárez in a starting role, the earliest he can pitch is Saturday.

With nine relievers on their 25-man roster entering Tuesday and a need for starters later in the week, the Giants are expected to make roster moves on a near-daily basis this week.

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