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Jake McGee placed on IL, Thairo Estrada optioned

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Donovan Solano and Jay Jackson are back.

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The San Francisco Giants made a flurry of moves ahead of their Friday series opener against the Atlanta Braves, as they so often do.

Most notable is that left-handed pitcher Jake McGee, who leads the team in saves with 31, was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to Sept. 14.

Also leaving the roster is infielder Thairo Estrada, who was optioned to AAA Sacramento. Estrada has impressed lately, but was the result of a roster crunch.

Joining the roster are two familiar faces: infielder Donovan Solano, who was activated off of the IL, and right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson, who was recalled after being optioned just a day prior.

Solano hasn’t played since Aug. 24, and has been recovering from the coronavirus. The Giants are hoping he can find the magic that led to a Silver Slugger award in 2020, as he’s been a slightly below league average hitter in 2021, slashing .275/.333/.394. That’s a bit worse than the player he’s replacing, as Estrada is hitting .275/.331/.483.

Losing McGee is a hit to the bullpen. The fastball-chucking lefty has a 2.72 ERA and 3.35 FIP on the year, with 58 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 59.2 innings. Jackson has been solid though, with a 3.92 ERA and 3.99 FIP, with 26 strikeouts to 10 walks in 20.2 innings.

Hopefully McGee’s injury is minor, and he can be back on the roster next week.