Giants infielder Joaquin Arias was placed on the disabled list Monday following an appendectomy, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News. Arias was diagnosed with appendicitis Sunday and had successful surgery late that night after playing a full game at shortstop against Los Angeles. Hitting sixth, Arias went 1 for 3 with a double off Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw in the losing effort.
A 3-4 week window is given for most players recovering from an appendectomy, but the results can vary. Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was out for 25 days following his surgery earlier this year, returning May 17th after going under the knife April 22nd. However, there have been cases of shorter recoveries. Matt Holliday took nine days and Adam Dunn took just six to return to game action in the 2011 season.
Nick Noonan has been recalled to take Arias’ roster spot. This is Noonan’s third crack at the big leagues, having made the Opening Day roster but been yo-yoed since his initial demotion on June 8th. Like Arias, Noonan can play multiple infield positions.
Arias was having a decent run for a bench player, batting .319 in 73 plate appearances since June 1st. The 24-year-old Noonan has struggled in his first few cups of coffee, hitting just .212/.256/.235. Per FanGraphs, Noonan hasn’t been a liability in the field or on the basepaths, scoring positive marks in both categories. All small sample size caveats apply.
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.
Brandon Crawford is out of the Giants’ lineup Wednesday after spraining his right index and middle fingers in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game against San Diego. The shortstop was injured while sliding into second base, and was called out to add insult to injury. Joaquin Arias slid over from third and Nick Noonan entered the game, batting in Crawford’s No. 6 spot. Noonan reached base twice in a game the Giants went on to win 5-4.
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