Active rosters expand on Monday, and the Giants announced their first wave of call-ups. Right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland is joining the bullpen along with left-hander Mike Kickham. Old friends Juan Perez and Guillermo Quiroz are coming up as well, and they'll be joined by surprise mystery-box addition Chris Dominguez.
The first four weren't much of a surprise. Dominguez, though, is something of a stunner. The 27-year-old is a dinger-masher who plays all over the diamond, including shortstop. Players fitting that description are usually multi-millionaires and long-established big leaguers, unless they have a glaring, insurmountable flaw in their game. With Dominguez, it's contact and patience: In 528 plate appearances, he walked 22 times and struck out 143 times. That would be the third-highest strikeout total in Giants history, as well as the highest strikeout rate. Part of me wants to see a full season from him, just as a science experiment.
To make room for Dominguez and Quiroz, the Giants placed Ehire Adrianza and Hector Sanchez on the 60-day DL. Adrianza hasn't played since July because of hamstring issues, and Sanchez was already expected to be out for the season because of concussion issues.
Notable players who didn't get called up include Gary Brown and Adam Duvall, though the latter couldn't be recalled just yet because it hasn't been 10 days since his demotion. The San Jose Giants were eliminated from playoff contention last week, so they had the option of bringing up Daniel Carbonell, too. It appears as if they'll let him be a prospect for now, and that they aren't considering him for a roster spot next spring.
Welcome, new major leaguers. I'm excited to see Strickland as an additional late-inning option. And I'm excited to see Dominguez remind us of Pedro Feliz. I'm just excited about baseball, everyone.