SF Giants place reliever on waivers after acquiring infielder Dixon Machado
On Sunday, the SF Giants acquired infield midfielder Dixon Machado as a stopgap following injuries to Brandon Crawford and Thairo Estrada. To create space on the 40-man roster, Tobias Myers was singled out for assignment.
Myers was acquired from the Cleveland Guardians earlier in the month in exchange for cash consideration. If you click on the link, you will notice that the same image has been used for both articles as this is the only option available.
It was a strange month for the 23-year-old pitcher as nearly four weeks went by between Triple-A appearances. There was no injury designation, so if it’s correct, his arm should be fine.
He finished 4.2 innings with Guardian affiliate Triple-A on June 28, then was placed on a waiver shortly thereafter. Myers was traded to the Giants and didn’t make his debut for the organization until July 24, when he allowed three earned runs in one inning with the Sacramento River Cats. He scored a scoreless appearance a few days later before the Giants decided to put him on waivers.
The right-handed pitching prospect was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, Fla. In six minor league seasons, he recorded a 3.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 8.6 K/9s and a 2.94 SO/W ratio while working mostly out of rotation.
The Giants needed his spot on the 40-player roster because they ran out of shortstop depth. Thairo Estrada has been placed on the concussion list after being hit in the head on a pitch by Mark Leiter Jr.. It was a very scary moment but Estrada was able to walk off the pitch on his own and hopefully this incident won’t have any long term effects.
Giants brought in Dixon Machado in move with Cubs sending minor league starter Raynel Espinal in Chicago. Machado recorded one-for-three hits at bat while reaching base via hit-by-pitch in his Giants debut on Sunday.
His time on the Giants could be short-lived as Brandon Crawford is expected to return soon and he has no minor league options left.