Williamson among 9 Giants cut from camp

Williamson among 9 Giants cut from camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants essentially finalized their Opening Day roster after Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Chicago White Sox, trimming their squad to 26 by jettisoning nine players.

San Francisco optioned outfielders Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson, as well as right-hander Mike Broadway, to Triple-A Sacramento. Non-roster invitees reassigned to Minor League camp were left-hander Braulio Lara, catcher George Kottaras, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and infielders Conor Gillaspie, Grant Green and Ramiro Pena.

The lone remaining move the Giants must make to reach the 25-man season-opening limit involves backup catchers Trevor Brown and Andrew Susac. Chances are that Susac, who's recovering from a right wrist injury, will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. Also, Brown is out-hitting Susac in Cactus League action, .324 to .217.

Otherwise, all of the Giants' roster-related issues have been settled, at least until management feels the need to make personnel changes.

The pitching staff will indeed consist of 13 members, one more than the Giants would prefer. But since injuries have prevented starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain from building enough stamina to work deep into ballgames, manager Bruce Bochy needs an extra reliever available.

Tomlinson's RBI single

Thus, the Giants' bench will consist of switch-hitting infielder Ehire Adrianza, right-handed-hitting infielder Kelby Tomlinson, left-handed-hitting outfielder Gregor Blanco and the backup catcher. All-Star catcher Buster Posey will double as the reserve first baseman, though Adrianza and Brown received a smattering of experience at that spot this spring.

Bochy began Spring Training announcing that the talented Williamson probably would need more Minor League seasoning. This created the implication that Parker would have a chance at making the team. Instead, they're both bound for Sacramento, with Williamson (.298, five home runs, 14 RBIs) having outperformed Parker (.239, three homers, 11 RBIs).

• Brown won the Barney Nugent Award as the club's top performer who was in his first big league camp. He emerged victorious in a vote among teammates, coaches and the medical and training staffs. Third baseman Matt Duffy was last year's winner; the most accomplished recipient since the award's inception in 1988 was right-hander Tim Lincecum in 2007.

• Posey was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a tight right hip. Bochy expects him to catch Monday night against Arizona.

Bochy on loss, Posey's health

• Though pitchers from both teams complained about the slope of the Scottsdale Stadium mound, Bochy said that right-hander George Kontos had no excuses for his subpar outing in the game against the White Sox. Kontos started the seventh inning and allowed five runs and three hits, including a pair of two-run homers to Travis Ishikawa and Avisail Garcia.

"George has made some mistakes," Bochy said. "He has to make some pitches a little bit better, which he's capable of. That's a couple of rough outings for him."

Referring to the usually favorable conditions for hitters in Arizona, Bochy said, "I don't care where you're pitching. You better have your focus, getting the ball down, moving in and out."

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