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Wednesday BP: Zack Littell to start today, Sammy Long likely to pitch out of the bullpen

Long should make his MLB debut, but not as a starter.

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Hello and happy Wednesday.

Sometime last week, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reported that the San Francisco Giants might call up left-handed pitcher Sammy Long sooner rather than later. The same Long who was out of baseball in 2018 and 2020. The same long whom the Giants signed to a Minor League contract for this year. The same Long who, prior to the start of the Minor League season last month, had never even appeared in a single game above A ball.

The Giants made it official on Tuesday, when Gabe Kapler said the team would be calling him up for Wednesday’s finale against the Texas Rangers.

Long started to get penciled in as the Wednesday starter, but that’s not how it’s going to go. Instead, right-handed reliever Zack Littell will get the start in a bullpen game, with Long presumably getting a chunk of innings in relief.

It makes sense, as Long has not yet been stretched out to a full pitch count, and likely would only have pitched three or four innings even if he started. And while it would have been an exciting story to see him start, well ... it will still be an exciting story.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

Giants drop series to bad team, feel bad (July 27, 2016 — Grant Brisbee)

Giants links

What time do the Giants play today?

The Giants play the Texas Rangers this morning at 11:05 a.m. PT.

Have a great Wednesday.