Junichi Tazawa has been showing signs of fatigue throughout the second half of the 2015 season and he walked four of the six batters he faced in an ugly appearance Friday night against the New York Mets.
Jean Machi contributed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in that same game and he earned a save on Saturday evening against the leaders of the National League East race with another spotless frame.
So you probably could have predicted that this announcement was coming at some point Sunday from interim Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo …
Machi owns a rough 5.21 ERA in 46 2/3 total innings this season between San Francisco and Boston, but the out-of-contention Red Sox will simply roll with what’s currently working as they play out the string.
Tim Hudson was activated from the disabled list to start tonight against the Padres, so the Giants designated reliever Jean Machi for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster.
Machi was an important contributor in the Giants’ bullpen from 2013-2014 while posting a 2.49 ERA over 122 appearances, but he hasn’t looked anything like that pitcher so far this season. Missing fewer bats and showing diminished control, the 33-year-old has an ugly 5.14 ERA and 22/14 K/BB ratio over 35 innings. Perhaps someone will take a chance on him in the hopes of a turnaround, but there’s been a clear decline in skills.
Hudson has been sidelined since June 26 with a strained right shoulder. The 40-year-old has a 4.68 ERA and 49/22 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season. With Hudson’s return, Ryan Vogelsong is being moved to the bullpen.
Casey McGehee being dropped from the 40-man roster and demoted to Triple-A lasted all of two weeks, as the Giants have recalled the 32-year-old third baseman from the minors.
McGehee hit well at Triple-A, going 15-for-42 (.357) with two homers and three doubles in 10 games, but he was horrendous in 35 games for the Giants on a $4.8 million salary and has hit a combined .245 with a .657 OPS in 464 games since 2011 while also grounding into double plays at an extremely high rate.
Right-hander Jean Machi going on the disabled list with a strained groin is what opened up a roster spot for McGehee’s quick return.