MIAMI -- Needing more personnel flexibility, the Giants purchased the contract of infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment.
Adrianza, 25, played shortstop at Sacramento but is adept at second or third base. Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Adrianza's versatility will come in handy during the remainder of this two-city, six-game trip as second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford require rests, especially with the schedule hopscotching from night games to day games.
"I'm going to find spots for Joe and Brandon to have a break. Adrianza is going to do that," Bochy said.
A .249 lifetime hitter in the Minors entering this season, Adrianza was hitting a robust .316 in 44 games.
"When you have the opportunity to play every day, you gain confidence," the switch-hitter said.
Acquired from Miami in a trade last December, McGehee did not improve dramatically since he was optioned to Sacramento on May 26. His batting average rose from .200 to .213. McGehee also had two home runs and 11 RBIs while grounding into 15 double plays in 49 games and losing his starting role to Matt Duffy.
Bochy said casting McGehee into potential free agency at this point might enable him to find a new team more easily. McGehee opted to stay with the Giants organization after the first time he was designated for assignment. Though Bochy didn't rule out a repeat of that scenario, his remarks about McGehee conveyed a certain finality.
"He was a good soldier, a good teammate," Bochy said.
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