Saturday, March 31, 2012

Grizzlies Opening Day Starter is....Vogelsong

The Giants made some roster moves on Friday, and the trickle down effects is that Ryan Vogelsong will start the year with the Grizzlies as their opening day starter April 5 at Tucson, according to the SF Chronicle.

However, Vogelsong will be doing so on Major League rehab, not as a minor leaguer. The Giants made five roster moves Friday: releasing INF Mike Fontenot, and placing Vogelsong, fellow pitchers Dan Runzler and Eric Surkamp, along with 2B Freddy Sanchez on the DL. All the DL moves are retroactive to March 26, meaning they are eligible to be activated on April 10.

-According to the SJ Mercury, INF Conor Gillaspie rejoins the Grizzlies. He was optioned down by the Giants.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Piping for the Giants...

From Paul Lukas' ESPN Uni Watch column:

• Fans watching the Giants on the road will notice two changes. First, the team's standard road grays now have black piping on the collar and placket. And in an unusual move, the Giants have added an alternate gray design, hearkening back to the Will Clark era. Uni Watch has always loved that look -- so much better than the clunky "San Francisco" lettering that barely fits across the chest. Here's hoping the alternate becomes the primary in a year or two.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Your Grizzlies closer is...

From Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area:

I've mentioned right-hander Dan Otero's fabulous, strike-filled spring and how he might be one of the first call-ups when the Giants need another relief arm. Well, Bochy said today that hard-throwing prospect Heath Hembree would begin the season at Triple-A Fresno and serve as the Grizzlies' closer. Otero closed for Fresno last season and would be one heck of a setup man.

That Grizzlies bullpen is going to be darn good.

Read more: EXTRA BAGGS: Vogelsong to start Monday, offense hits wall
Tune to SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for more on this story

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kroon Retires

Veteran reliever Marc Kroon officially retired. He pitched for Fresno in 2011 after a long stint in Japan. Story here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Giants option two more to Fresno...

The Giants optioned P Hector Correa and OF Tyler Graham down to Fresno. Correa pitched last year with High-A San Jose and AA Richmond. Graham has been a Grizzlies mainstay over the last two years. In 2011, he set the club's single-season stolen base mark before the all-star break.

Both men are on the 40-man roster. Graham joins Roger Kieschnick among outfielders sent down by San Francisco this spring.

The Giants also assigned former Grizzlies INF Nick Noonan, P Matt Yourkin and C Jackson Williams to minor league camp. Their spring training destinations will be determined in the next few weeks.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Giants spring update

The Giants are paring down their roster, starting to option down players.

According to John Shea at the SF Chronicle, INF Charlie Culbertson and OF Roger Kieschnick were optioned to Fresno.

OF Gary Brown was sent to minor league camp and likely to start the season at AA Richmond.