Travis Ishikawa

Travis Ishikawa designated for assignment by the Giants

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Despite starting (out of position in left field) for the Giants during last year’s World Series-winning playoff run first baseman Travis Ishikawa began this season at Triple-A and now he’s been designated for assignment.

Ishikawa is off the 40-man roster and will either be traded or exposed to the waiver wire. He was off to a decent start at Triple-A, but the 31-year-old journeyman is a bit of a tweener in that his bat isn’t quite good enough to really be an asset at first base and his defense isn’t quite good enough to handle a corner outfield spot regularly.

He’s a career .259 hitter with a .719 OPS in 444 games as a big leaguer, including a .731 OPS in 47 games for the Giants last year.