Giants keep Adrianza after infielder clears waivers

Switch-hitter designated for assignment before Opening Day

Giants keep Adrianza after infielder clears waivers

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants received their wish Saturday as infielder Ehire Adrianza cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.

Adrianza cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last Sunday, when the Giants made their final cuts to set their Opening Night roster. He lost the competition among himself, Matt Duffy and Joaquin Arias for a utility man's spot. But the Giants didn't want to lose Adrianza, who possesses considerable defensive skill.

"I wanted what's best for him," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But since nobody claimed him, that's good news for us."

Adrianza, 25, batted .235 in 62 games for the Giants during 2013-14. The switch-hitter has proven that he can hit Triple-A pitching, batting .311 at that level in the previous two seasons.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.