With Alex Dickerson and Darin Ruf coming off the injured list, the San Francisco Giants had to make some tough roster decisions. Infielder Jason Vosler and LaMonte Wase Jr. were optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
Wade Jr. heading back down was a surprise; he has played well in his first season in San Francisco. Wade is batting .265 with four homers, three doubles, a triple, and a couple of steals. He only has 94 plate appearances but was craving his niche as the Giants lead-off hitter. Wade has to be down in Sacramento for ten days, or it could be less if somebody else goes on the injured list. The outfielder will more than likely be called back up but must continue to play better to stay in San Francisco.
Many people are wondering why outfielder Mike Tauchman was not sent down. He was not sent down because he is out of options. That means he would have to be designated for assignment and passed through waivers if the Giants wanted to send him down. Tauchman has struggled at the plate, batting .171 in 150 plate appearance. The one thing Tauchman has been outstanding at is playing the outfield.
Ruf and Dickerson being back in the lineup will give the Giants more power. With Ruf being right-handed, it is a plus for the Giants since they are short on right-handed hitters. So far this season, Ruf is hitting .244 with six home runs in at-bats. Ruf also has an excellent batting eye at the plate. Dickerson has struggled so far this season, batting only .226; the Giants are hoping sometime on the sidelines will help him find his stroke at the plate.
The Giants have other players that are scheduled to come back sometime in July. So it could be other surprising roster moves when that happens.