Monday was turbulent day in Giants-dom. Not only did Giants fans get to experience Puig-mania for the first time, but the roster got a complete overhaul.
Pablo Sandoval returned from a foot injury that kept him out for the better part of three weeks, going 2-4 in last night’s loss to Los Angeles. To make room on the roster, infielder Nick Noonan was sent down to Triple-A Fresno. The 24-year-old Noonan hit just .212 in 85 at-bats, plying his trade at multiple infield positions.
Fill-in starter Chad Gaudin hits the disabled list after taking a line drive off his pitching arm. Gaudin slid into the rotation after Vogelsong was himself struck with a ball, and pitched admirably. In four starts Gaudin posted a 3.38 ERA, notching wins in the first two games he started.
Lefty Mike Kickham was recalled for the second time this season, having previously made a spot start in Oakland in May. Kickham didn’t make it out of the third inning in his debut, giving up four earned runs in 4.1 innings. The No. 3 prospect in the Giants’ system according to Baseball America, Kickham has a career 3.85 minor league ERA.
The Giants made a non-injury roster move as well, sending down right-handed reliever Jean Machi and recalling George Kontos from Fresno. Machi gave up five runs on seven hits across his last two appearances, registering just two outs in the process. Kontos was demoted on June 12th in favor of Sandy Rosario, and may still face a suspension for beaning Andrew McCutcheon. He is available because the 3-game suspension is under review.