PHOENIX – The Giants made the remainder of their moves official and set their roster for Sunday’s season opener at Chase Field.
The club placed catcher Trevor Brown (ankle) and outfielder Mac Williamson (left quadriceps) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30. They also placed left-hander Will Smith, who will miss the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day DL.
Smith’s 60-day assignment freed up one space on the 40-man roster, but the Giants needed two more after purchasing the contracts of first baseman/outfielder Chris Marrero, infielder Aaron Hill and right-hander Neil Ramirez. So they designated right-handers Ray Black and Ian Gardeck for assignment.
Black’s fastball has been clocked at 103 mph, but he has had trouble staying healthy.
The Giants also officially optioned left-hander Steven Okert, left-hander Josh Osich, infielder Kelby Tomlinson and right-hander Albert Suarez to Triple-A Sacramento. It’s a tough pill for Okert, who did all he could to make the club. But organizational inventory often dictates these roster decisions to begin the year, and Ramirez surely would have been lost after striking out 19 in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Guarantee you we see Okert, Osich, Tomlinson and Suarez at varying points. Spring training is long. A 162-game season is much longer. Remember, Derek Law didn’t break with the team to open last season, and he ended up appearing in 61 games.
The Giants also reassigned the five other remaining non-roster players in camp: right-hander Roberto Gomez, left-hander Michael Roth, catcher Tim Federowicz, infielder Jae-gyun Hwang and outfielder Justin Ruggiano. All have agreed to report to Sacramento. Most of them have opt-outs at various points (June 1 and July 1 are popular dates), so they can become free agents if they aren’t in the big leagues at that time.