DENVER — San Francisco Giants infielder Tommy La Stella was reinstated Monday from the 10-day injured list and made his season debut at Colorado.
In other moves, the Giants moved right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (inflamed right ankle) to the 60-day injured list and moved outfielder Luis González to Triple-A Sacramento. Right-hander Yunior Marte was signed to Sacramento on Sunday, and the Giants selected right-hander Mauricio Llovera on the contract.
La Stella, in the second year of a three-year, $18.75 million contract, missed time in his first year with the club due to a broken right hand and sprained ankles. hamstrings. He underwent surgery in October to repair an Achilles tendon problem, and recovery time forced him to miss the first five weeks of the season.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler has welcomed La Stella’s return, saying his veteran presence adds stability and resolve to the club. La Stella’s defensive versatility also gives Kapler extra flexibility in managing the lineup, and his batting adds to the team’s overall firepower.
“Tommy is one of the best plate appearances in baseball right now, simple as that,” Kapler said. “He’s got great discipline, fouls off the pitch, is extremely competitive in the batting box. He’s kind of the embodiment of what we want our batters to be, make a lot of contact, drive the baseball, occasionally draw a walk here and there and keep the line moving.”
Kapler also said DeSclafani hasn’t faced any setbacks in his rehabilitation from an ankle injury that sidelined him since April 22. he’s ready to fill a slot in the rotation when he returns.
“A long, slow ramp for a pitcher is the most protective thing we can do for them,” Kapler said, adding that “bringing him back to the big leagues healthy and strong and capable of knocking down a workload. complete is the most important piece of this puzzle.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.