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Giants reinstate Sammy Long

Zack Littell has been optioned to make room for the LHP.

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants made a pitching move on Tuesday, ahead of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Left-handed pitcher Sammy Long has been activated off of the 10-day Injured List, with right-handed pitcher Zack Littell being optioned to the AAA Sacramento River Cats.

Long hasn’t pitched since July 3, and made a rehab appearance on Sunday for the Low-A San Jose Giants. He’s been a starter this year — his first at the Major League level — but it looks like the Giants are planning on using him out of the bullpen in this series.

The Dodgers have performed quite a bit worse against against lefties (.728 OPS) than against righties (.772 OPS) this season, so Long could be a good weapon, especially with the Giants sending three righties (two of whom have struggled against the Dodgers this year) to the mound in this series.

Long has a 5.63 ERA this year, but a 3.15 FIP, with 25 strikeouts to 7 walks in 24 innings.