The San Francisco Giants made a pair of moves on Tuesday before their game against the Cincinnati Reds. The team claimed right-handed pitcher Trevor Hildenberger off of waivers from the New York Mets, and assigned him to the AAA Sacramento River Cats. To make room on the 40-man roster for Hildenberger, second baseman Tommy La Stella was moved from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day one.
ROSTER MOVES: RHP Trevor Hildenberger claimed off waivers from New York-NL and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 18, 2021
IF Tommy La Stella transferred to the 60-day injured list
La Stella was first placed on the IL on May 3, due to a hamstring strain, so we won’t see him until at least July. Thankfully reinforcements are on the way, as Donovan Solano appears days away from rejoining the team.
Hildenberger provides the team with some right-handed relief depth, which is certainly something they could use. He has four years of MLB experience under his belt, including a Tyler Rogers-esque 73 appearances in 2018 while with the Minnesota Twins.
In 134 career appearances he has a 5.52 ERA, a 4.19 FIP, and 133 strikeouts to 42 walks in 133.2 innings.
The Giants active roster currently has just four righty relievers on it: Camilo Doval, Zack Littell, Tyler Rogers, and Matt Wisler. Of those four, Rogers might be the only one that Gabe Kapler, or the fanbase trusts. There are only there other righty relievers — the very inexperienced duo of Kervin Castro and Gregory Santos, and now Hildenberger — that are healthy and on the 40-man roster.
The move comes just one day after the Giants claimed outfielder Braden Bishop — Hunter Bishop’s brother — and moved right-handed pitcher Reyes Moronta to the 60-day IL.