Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada go on release waivers

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In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Giants weren’t able to trade Aaron Rowand or Miguel Tejada after designating both for assignment.  The pair were placed on release waivers Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports.

Both players figure to become free agents Monday, allowing them to sign with teams.  There may not be any demand for Tejada at all, but Rowand is sure to get several calls.  That’s partly because Rowand will merely have to be paid the minimum next year, with the Giants on the hook for the remaining $11.6 million of his $12 million salary.

There’s already been some speculation that the Phillies will bring Rowand back.  They could use a true backup center fielder, and Rowand has warm memories from his time in Philly.  However, Rowand might be able to find a bigger role.  The Phillies already have a fine fourth outfielder for this year and next in John Mayberry Jr., and Rowand would really only be useful to the team when Shane Victorino is hurt.

Of course, neither player will be eligible for the postseason this season.  The Giants saw to that when they waited as long as they did to cut bait.

Dominic Smith dealing with a strained right quad

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Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.

Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.