After missing the past month with a sprained right thumb, Giants catcher Andrew Susac is back from the 15-day disabled list and will start behind the plate tonight for the start of a three-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis. Hector Sanchez, who was serving as Buster Posey’s backup, was sent back down to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a spot on the active roster.
As Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com points out, Posey started 21 out of 26 games behind the plate while Susac was sidelined and got just one start at first base during that time. Posey is getting a day of rest Monday, but he should see some more playing time at first base now that Susac is back to full health. It should help keep him fresh for the stretch run.
Susac, 25, is batting .241/.309/.411 with three home runs and 11 RBI over 123 plate appearances this season.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.