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Giants pick up options for Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

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The Giants announced on Monday that the club options for starter Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval have been exercised. Bumgarner’s option is for $12 million and Sandoval’s is for $18 million. Sandoval also has a club option for the 2020 season worth $17 million with a $5 million buyout.

Bumgarner, 29, missed the first two months of the season due to a fractured left pinkie finger suffered during spring training. He made his season debut on June 5 and went on to go 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA and a 109/43 K/BB ratio. His strikeout rate was his lowest since 2010 and his walk rate was the highest of his career. The Giants have been expected to discuss a contract extension with Bumgarner, but given those trends, the club may wait to see how he performs going into next season before finalizing anything.

Sandoval, 32, had his best season since 2014, serving mostly as a corner infielder for the Giants. He hit a respectable .248/.310/.417 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 252 plate appearances. He will be back in a bench role next season.

[Update: It’s worth pointing out that the Red Sox will be picking up all but the major league minimum ($545,000) of the $18 million Sandoval is owed, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes.]

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.