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SF Giants welcome back LaMonte Wade Jr. and Tyler Fitzgerald in a series of moves

The SF Giants welcomed back LaMonte Wade Jr. And Tyler Fitzgerald on Friday. In appropriate steps Wilmer Flores (knee) and Thairo Estrada (wrist) were placed on the injured list according to the team’s transaction log.

The Giants will be happy to have Wade Jr. back in the fold. The left-hander played at an All-Star level before going on the injured list in late May with a hamstring strain. Wade Jr. is hitting .331/.465/.421 (164 wRC+) with two home runs, 17 RBIs and 22 runs in 170 at-bats. That includes one hit in four at-bats in Friday night’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In his absence, the Giants relied on a combination of Flores, Trenton BrooksAnd David Villar at first base. Brooks has since been designated for assignment after allowing just three hits in 25 at-bats. He is awaiting resolution on the matter but will likely clear the waivers list.

The Giants have struggled to get any significant production out of this trio. The Giants’ first basemen posted a batting average of .168/.255/.316 (66 wRC+) in 110 at-bats in June. The 66 wRC+ is the fifth-worst mark during that time period.

On the other hand, Tyler Fitzgerald returns to the club after a brief stint in Triple-A. The versatile player has an OPS of .742 with one home run in 72 appearances with San Francisco. This includes five stolen bases in six opportunities. Despite being used as a backup and spending some time with Sacramento, Fitzgerald is still the second-best player on the team in stolen bases.

Both Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada have landed on the injured list. It was a rough 2024 season for Flores, as he struggled with a .599 OPS and four home runs in 227 at-bats. However, it has been a year since he posted an .863 OPS with 23 home runs.

Estrada’s batting performance is also on the decline, as he struggled to an OPS of .640 with nine home runs in 311 at-bats. Although he is not hitting as well as he once did, the 28-year-old continues to play excellent defense at second base. In his absence Brett Wisely will move to second base.