Injuries & Roster Moves: Offseason updates

October 15th, 2021

The Giants’ offseason began on Oct. 15, the day after their loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. San Francisco has a handful of players rehabbing and recovering from season-ending injuries. Players on the 60-day injured list must be removed from the IL and placed back on the 40-man roster following the World Series.

Keep track here of their progress, plus team transactions, throughout the offseason.

ROSTER MOVES

None.

INJURY UPDATES

1B (left thumb fracture)
Expected return
: TBD
Belt suffered a left thumb fracture after being struck by a 93 mph fastball while squaring up to bunt against reliever Lucas Gilbreath in the seventh inning of the Giants’ 6-2 win over the Rockies on Sept. 26.

Belt still showed signs of a fracture at his two-week checkup with Dr. Scott Hansen, a hand specialist, on Oct. 9, and he’ll have to go through a hitting progression once he gets the green light to resume swinging. The 33-year-old veteran has resumed making flips with his left hand and throwing overhand. (Last updated: Oct. 13)

60-day IL

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return
: 2022
Núñez, who was selected from the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft, missed the 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The procedure typically requires 12-18 months of rehabilitation for pitchers. (Last updated: Oct. 1)

RHP (lower back strain)
Expected return: 2022
Beede completed his long road back from Tommy John surgery in July, but he made only one appearance for the Giants before being optioned to the Minors, where he continued to struggle with a 6.66 ERA over 16 starts for Triple-A Sacramento. The Giants placed him on the 60-day IL on Aug. 17 with a back injury, effectively ending his season. (Last updated: Aug. 17)

OF (torn right labrum)
Expected return:
2022
A third-round pick of the White Sox in 2017, González briefly saw big league action with Chicago in 2020 and '21, but he hit a setback after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The White Sox released González as a cost-saving measure, and the Giants took advantage by claiming him off waivers and placing him on the 60-day IL, where he’ll earn the Major League minimum as he rehabs. A left-handed hitter, González has a career .266/.345/.414 slash line in four Minor League seasons and has shown the ability to handle center field, giving the Giants another promising outfield prospect to work with heading into 2022. (Last updated: Aug. 15)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2022
Delaplane underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in April and was surprisingly designated for assignment by the Mariners the following month. The Bay Area native soon found an ideal landing spot with the Giants, who acquired him from Seattle in exchange for cash considerations on May 31. Delaplane was subsequently transferred to the 60-day injured list, where he’ll continue to earn the Major League minimum as he rehabs. (Last updated: June 1)