Saturday, April 13

Giants place DeSclafani on IL, Duggar also out; Junis, González join team in D.C.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Giants placed two more players on the injured list before their game against the Nationals, losing their second starting pitcher in three days.

Anthony DeSclafani followed Alex Cobb onto the IL, and while Cobb is expected to miss the minimum 10 days, DeSclafani’s status is unclear. He has right ankle inflammation similar to that he incurred last Aug. 18 when covering first base, but a cortisone shot cleared that up at the time – it was thought. The ankle issue resurfaced recently and probably has contributed to his stuff being less effective and a dip in his velocity.

In addition, outfielder Steven Duggar was placed on the 60-day DL with what manager Gabe Kapler described as a “moderate” oblique strain. That enabled the team to place outfielder Luis González on the 40-man roster, and González, who impressed the Giants this spring as a non-roster player, was activated for Friday’s game at Washington. Like Duggar, González is a left-handed hitter.

RIght-hander Jakob Junis was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and he was an option if needed Friday night in relief of lefty Sam Long, who was expected to be go three-plus innings. Junis is stretched out to 75 pitches, so he also might slip into DeSclafani’s spot should he not get used before that turn comes up Tuesday against Oakland at Oracle Park.

Kapler said that DeSclafani had felt the ankle at different points last season and he will get an MRI on Monday in the Bay Area.

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“We all have optimism,” Kapler said. “We recognize how good he was for us last year. We had like a six-week stretch where he was one of the better right-handed pitchers in baseball. We know that level of excellence is in there for him.”

González, 26, hit .476 with a 1.234 OPS this spring, and he had 13 hits, including three homers, and eight walks in Triple-A Sacramento’s first 11 games. The Giants acquired him from the White Sox last year, knowing he’d already incurred a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery; González, appreciating the Giants placing him on the 60-day IL last year while he was out, re-signed with the team during the winter.

He won’t be making his big-league debut; González played nine games with the White Sox in 2000-2001.



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