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Giants call up infielder Gomez, activate Gillaspie

Jones goes on DL with bruised wrist; Stratton optioned to Triple-A
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made two rosters moves before Friday's game, activating infielder Conor Gillaspie from the disabled list and calling up switch-hitting infield prospect Miguel Gomez from Double-A Richmond.

Gillaspie had been out with back spasms, his second stint on the disabled list because of them this season. The third baseman, who entered Friday hitting .137 on the year, had missed 45 of the last 50 games because of the injury.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made two rosters moves before Friday's game, activating infielder Conor Gillaspie from the disabled list and calling up switch-hitting infield prospect Miguel Gomez from Double-A Richmond.

Gillaspie had been out with back spasms, his second stint on the disabled list because of them this season. The third baseman, who entered Friday hitting .137 on the year, had missed 45 of the last 50 games because of the injury.

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Gillaspie replaces Ryder Jones, who was placed on the 10-day DL with a right wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch Saturday in Pittsburgh. X-rays were negative, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Jones was "still feeling it" Friday afternoon.

To make space for Gomez, the Giants optioned right-hander Chris Stratton to Triple-A Sacramento. Stratton made an emergency start Thursday in Detroit when Johnny Cueto was scratched less than an hour before first pitch with an inner ear infection, with Stratton getting the loss but throwing 6 2/3 innings.

"With [Stratton] starting yesterday and throwing that many pitches, he could maybe give us an inning or maybe two the last day [before the All-Star break," Bochy said. "But I think we have coverage there on the pitching side, so that's why we brought up another bat off the bench."

Gomez, currently the No. 29 prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB Pipeline, has batted .305 this year with 19 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 38 RBIs in 78 games. Bochy said he's only going to use Gomez in a bench role and at second base, the only position he's played with Richmond this season, but in the past Gomez has also played at catcher, first base, third base and left field.

"I would be hesitant to put him somewhere else," Bochy said. "We've talked about playing him at third or maybe left field, but he's mostly been at second. For the most part, he'll be a double-switch guy or a pinch-hitter."

After spending three seasons with the Giants' Dominican Summer League team, Gomez has rocketed up through the system, hitting well at every stop along the way. Gomez has some power -- hitting 17 homers in 2016 between Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose -- but only as a left-handed batter, hitting all but one of his 25 homers since 2015 from the left side.

"He reminds you a little bit of Pablo Sandoval, but I think he's got better discipline at the plate," Bochy said. "Maybe not quite the power, but just the way he attacks it from both sides. Very confident kid, uses the whole field. He's going to get his swings in, and that's what you like about him."

Worth noting

Madison Bumgarner (left shoulder AC strain) is due to make one more rehab start with San Jose, aiming to throw around 90 pitches Monday. If everything goes well, Bochy said Bumgarner will join the Giants after the All-Star break in San Diego.

• Cueto was feeling better, but Bochy isn't sure if Cueto will start again before the All-Star break. He could possibly start Sunday, but the Giants won't decide until Saturday.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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