The San Francisco Giants have placed shortstop Edgar Renteria on the 15 day disabled list with a right groin injury. To replace him, the team called up Ryan Rohlinger from Triple A Fresno. Rohlinger is hitting .333, with a .442 OBP, and .948 OPS. He has primarily been a third baseman, but has recently been playing some shortstop for Fresno.
The Giants also optioned outfielder Eugenio Velez to Triple A Fresno and brought up veteran reliever Denny Bautista. Since 2004, Bautista has played for the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City, the Colorado Rockies, and the Detroit Tigers. Bautista was 1-1, with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP at Fresno. Velez has had a number of defensive problems in the outfield, and was batting .186 with the Giants.
Due to the lack of days off in their upcoming schedule, the Giants will again use Todd Wellemeyer as a fifth starter, and needed Bautista to fill the long reliever role.
The Giants went to 11 pitchers several weeks ago when the schedule allowed Wellemeyer to go to the bullpen, and reliever Waldis Joaquin was sent down to Fresno to get more work. Giant starters have routinely pitched in to the 7th and 8th inning so far in 2010, and Joaquin was simply not getting enough innings. Bautista brings the Giants back up to 12 pitchers on the 25 man roster.
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy has told SF Chronicle sports writer Henry Schulman that even when second baseman Freddie Sanchez returns to the line-up in several weeks, hot hitting Juan Uribe will remain in the everyday line-up. That will mean a lot of juggling between Sanchez, Uribe, Pablo Sandoval, and Renteria (when he returns). It will also likely mean that second baseman Matt Downs and/or Rohlinger will be heading back to Fresno when Freddie Sanchez returns.