The San Francisco Giants made a few roster moves on Sunday. Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly was placed on the ten-day Injured List due to a strain in his left index finger. Right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs has been selected from the alternate training site to take Smyly’s place.
To clear room for Triggs on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave has been designated for assignment.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 2, 2020
• RHP Andrew Triggs selected from Alternate Training Site.
• LHP Drew Smyly placed on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger strain.
• RHP Jandel Gustave designated for assignment. #SFGiants
Smyly left Saturday’s win against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning, after experiencing discomfort in the injured finger. He called for the trainers, threw a few practice pitches, and determined that he needed to come out of the game. He had been pitching quite well for the Giants, who will certainly miss his spot in the rotation.
In comes Triggs, a 31-year old whom the Giants signed to a minor league deal in January. Triggs has three years of MLB experience, appearing from 2016-18 for the Oakland A’s. During that time Triggs made 45 appearances, including 27 starts, and had an ERA of 4.53 and an FIP of 4.12. He recorded 148 strikeouts and 50 walks in 163 innings.
He could have a long relief role with the Giants, who could go with an all-reliever approach when Smyly’s turn through the rotation comes up. But it seems more likely that he’ll take Smyly’s next start, which is scheduled for Thursday against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
As for Gustave, he’ll likely pass through waivers, at which point the Giants can reassign him to the alternate training site in Sacramento.