The Giants called for reinforcements for a tired bullpen on Monday as the club added left squad Sam Selman and right Trevor Gott to their active squad ahead of a three-game set against the Phillies.
To make room for the helpers, the Giants chose outfielder Steven Duggar and catcher Chadwick Tromp as an alternative location, but both players remain with the club in the Philadelphia taxi squad.
The pre-game movements indicate that catcher Buster Posey will be available from the bench after he was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion after Saturday’s game. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said earlier Monday that Posey was still being evaluated, but the Giants likely would not have picked Tromp if Posey had not been available to support Curt Casali.
The Phillies made several transactions before the series began on Monday. Three players and five assistant coaches were in the COVID-19 log. The three players – infielder Ronald Torreyes and pitchers Jose Alvarado and Matt Moore – won’t be available on Monday, but it’s unclear if they’ll miss the entire series. Moore, a former left-hander from Giants, should not start again against the Rocky Mountains until Friday.
Philadelphia added pitcher Cristopher Sanchez and Damon Jones and infielder Nick Maton to their 26-man roster, despite the fact that no member of the trio has ever appeared in a major league game.
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Phillies President for Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has not revealed whether members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Giants will have to make extra squad moves on Tuesday if they want to reinstate starter Logan Webb from the COVID injured list to take on Phillie’s right-hander Zack Wheeler. Webb and closer Jake McGee were put on the COVID injured list on Sunday as both players continued to struggle with persistent side effects after receiving their second dose of vaccines earlier this week.
McGee threw 35 pitches and scored for the first time this season a save in the 7-6-10 inning loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Neither McGee nor Webb count as members of the 40-man roster while on the COVID injured list. This means that when the duo returns, the Giants will have to clear a space. The most likely candidate to be removed seems to be God, who spent part of the 2020 season closer as the Giants before ending the year on the list of injured with an elbow infection.
God was designated for the ministry during spring training and released the waiver so that He could remain in the Giants’ organization. He was selected to be added on Monday before right-handed Zack Littell, who is also on the Giants’ taxi team.
The Giants have several other Major League experience pitchers who could assist their bullpen who are currently training on the taxi team or at the alternate location, including Littell, Nick Tropeano, Dominic Leone and Scott Kazmir.