If the Giants make a miracle comeback in their remaining 17 games, they'll have have to do it without their best second baseman, but they'll have shiny new players to help. Outfielder Mac Williamson and catcher Trevor Brown were recalled from Fresno, finally giving the Giants more pinch-hitting and catching help. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated outfielder Daniel Carbonell for assignment and moved Joe Panik to the 60-day disabled list.
Williamson is one of the Giants' top hitting prospects, the 25-year-old missed most of last season after elbow surgery, but he split his time between Double-A and Triple-A this season, hitting a combined .275/.368/.433 with 13 homers. He's a toolsy bloke, and it's not out of the question for him to get substantial playing time in the majors next year.
The 23-year-old Brown has a great defensive reputation, and he hit .261/.319/.343 with two homers. He's up to prevent us ever having to watch Ehire Adrianza catch. Which is a shame, now that I think of it. Why are you against fun, Trevor Brown?
Carbonell was signed for a $1 million major-league contract that put him on the 40-man roster right away, and after a scorching .336/.384/.523 start to his pro career in San Jose, there was even chatter of him being a secret weapon for the postseason. Alas, it wasn't to be, as he completely tanked in Double-A this year, and a modest line in a return to San Jose made him one of the more expendable players on the 40-man. There's a fair chance he'll clear waivers, though, but not a great one.
And poor Joe Panik, who is too young to have nasty back injuries, is gone for the regular season. The All-Star was one of the better parts of the season before he became one of the worst. Please dig up the warlock's corpse from the dirt underneath second base.