Giants send Ryan Vogelsong to the bullpen

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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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.