SAN DIEGO – The Giants don’t exactly begin the second half at full strength – what team with a 34-56 record can claim that? – but they will have the full complement of 25 players when they open a series against the Padres at Petco Park on Friday.
That’s because the club recalled third baseman Eduardo Nuñez from his minor league rehab assignment and activated him from the disabled list.
Nuñez was supposed to play two rehab games at third base for Single-A San Jose to test his sore hamstring, but ended up at DH on Wednesday. That’s because he was struck on the calf by a ball in batting practice. But Nuñez passed the tests during a game on Thursday and he fills the roster opening that the Giants had created when they optioned outfielder Mac Williamson back to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
Nuñez has dealt with the recurring hamstring issue for several weeks, and was both in his and the Giants’ interest to get back to full strength to start the second half.
For Nuñez: he will be eligible for free agency after the season, and he might have been playing his way into a multiyear contract somewhere.
For the Giants: Nuñez is one of the few tradable pieces that doesn’t have future money attached to him, and should fetch something of at least marginal interest by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Nuñez went 1 for 5 with a walk, a run scored and two strikeouts in his two games for San Jose.
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