The giants announce that they have chosen a reliever Scott Alexander to the major league roster. Left-handed partner Thomas Szapucki selected for Triple-A Sacramento in the appropriate move. To make a spot on the 40-person list, San Francisco remembers left-handers Sam Long of a minor and placed him on the premier league’s 60-day injury list.
Alexander for the first time as a Giant. The 33-year-old is no stranger to NL West, having spent the 2018-21 season with arch-rivals Dodgers. He was a solid situational piece for LA captain Dave Roberts, posting a 3.49 ERA in 111 frames. Sinkerballers only hit 17.7% of the opponent’s hitters during that range, but only Zack Britton and Aaron Bummer has a ground-ball rate superior to Alexander’s 67.5% clip (among busters with 100+ innings). He held left-handed opponents to a woeful .196/.262/.312 line in 122 plate appearances during that stretch.
Unfortunately, Alexander is no stranger to injury lists either. He missed most of the 2019 season with a forearm inflammation, and he spent most of last year in IL with a shoulder injury. The Dodgers let him go at the end of last season, and he remained a free agent until signing a minor league contract with San Francisco in March. He spent most of the year in IL as well, only reporting to Sacramento three weeks ago. After 7 2/3 goalless innings for seven games there, Alexander is back in the premier league.
Lama recently suffered a right angled strain in Triple-A, according to his transaction log at MLB.com. His 2022 season ended after 28 MLB appearances and eight games in Sacramento. Swingman worked for a 3.61 ERA over 42 1/3 innings at MLB level, albeit with a modest 18.2% strikeout rate. He will be paid a minimum league rate of $700K prorated for the remainder of the season and accumulate major league service time over the next five weeks.
@Drew_Smitty first reported on Alexander’s upcoming promotions yesterday.