Wellemeyer in, Bautista out

Thursday, August 5

ATLANTA — The Giants activated right-hander Todd Wellemeyer from the 15-day disabled list and created roster room for him by designating right-hander Denny Bautista for assignment.

Wellemeyer, who began the season as San Francisco’s No. 5 starter and held that role until he strained his right quadriceps on June 10 at Cincinnati, likely will pitch in long relief. The Giants haven’t needed a multiple-inning reliever often, given the quality of their starting rotation, but as the summer lengthens and arms begin to tire, you never know.

Wellemeyer was 3-5 with a 5.52 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) before he was hurt.

Bautista’s statistics actually were decent — well, most of them. He was 2-0 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 relief appearances. Opponents hit only .205 against him, and he accumulated 44 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. But he also issued 27 walks (four intentionally) and hit three batters, which prompted his dismissal.

– Chris Haft

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