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.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has stuck with Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation despite mostly poor performances in each of the past three seasons, but now Bochy is sending the 37-year-old right-hander to the bullpen.
The move comes in response to Tim Hudson’s scheduled return from the disabled list Monday and he’ll rejoin a rotation that is so well-stocked right now that Tim Lincecum is also expected to be used out of the bullpen once he returns from the disabled list.
Vogelsong has an 18-25 record and 4.52 ERA in 384 innings since 2013, which is even worse than it looks considering offense being down across baseball and the Giants having a very pitcher-friendly ballpark. However, he’s been a full-time member of San Francisco’s rotation since 2011 and is making $4 million this year.
On May 25 the Giants designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Today they’re doing it again, and selecting the contract of outfielder Ryan Lollis to take his place on the roster.
The first time he cleared waivers and went to Triple-A Sacramento. He’s been back up since the end of June when Nori Aoki went on the DL. Since that time, however, Ishikawa has only had six plate appearances, going 0-for-5 with a walk. Lollis, 28, in turn, has .358/.431/.500 across three levels of minor league ball this year.
In other Giants transaction news, they have placed Tim Hudson on the disabled list and have activated Jake Peavy.