CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports that the Giants have placed starter Jake Peavy on the disabled list due to a lower back injury. To take Peavy’s place on the 25-man roster, the club has recalled Andrew Susac from Triple-A Sacramento.
Peavy was unable to reach the fifth inning in each of his first two starts. He owns a 9.39 ERA with a 7/4 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander has been dealing with back problems since the start of the regular season but tried to avoid a stint on the DL.
The Giants re-signed Peavy, 34 at the end of May, to a two-year, $24 million contract in December.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.