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Stratton to paternity list; Gomez called up

Bochy debuts on Twitter; Williamson scratched with stiff neck
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants placed starter Chris Stratton on the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game, as the 27-year-old right-hander headed home to Mississippi to join his wife, Martha Kate, for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a corresponding move, reliever Roberto Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to serve as a fresh bullpen arm for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals, with Reyes Moronta and Hunter Strickland both unavailable due to their recent heavy workloads.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants placed starter Chris Stratton on the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game, as the 27-year-old right-hander headed home to Mississippi to join his wife, Martha Kate, for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a corresponding move, reliever Roberto Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to serve as a fresh bullpen arm for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals, with Reyes Moronta and Hunter Strickland both unavailable due to their recent heavy workloads.

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San Francisco expects Stratton to be reinstated in time to make his scheduled start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Gomez made his first Opening Day roster in 2018 and allowed five earned runs in four innings across three appearances, though four of those runs came in a rough April 1 season debut. He was optioned to Sacramento on April 10 to make roster space for Tyler Beede's MLB debut.

Video: ARI@SF: Posey helps Gomez pick off Owings in the 7th

This could be another short MLB stint for the 28-year-old righty -- he's likely to stay on the roster through Saturday's doubleheader to serve as the 26th man, but the Giants will need to make another decision on Gomez following those games.

Watch out, Twitterverse
Is Twitter ready for Bruce Bochy?

Only time will tell. But the Giants' manager doesn't seem quite ready for the Twitterverse yet -- particularly with his still-developing emoji skills.

Tweet from @BruceBochy1: Great win tonight, we���re 1-0 when I���m on twitter. [thumbs up emoji]

Bochy racked up more than 14,000 followers within the first 24 hours of activating his account on Tuesday afternoon, as would be expected for a man who brought three World Series championships to his city.

But the popularity hasn't seemed to have gone to his head.

"14,000 -- is that a lot?" he quipped, with an amused expression.

Bochy chuckled when a veteran Giants scribe shot back, "I've got 65,000, and I've been on there for nine years."

Tweet from @BruceBochy1: Hey there #SFGiants fans. It's me, Bruce Bochy. I'm kind of new to this twitter thing...

Bochy doesn't expect to be on Twitter too much -- at least for now, he primarily plans to use it to bring attention to "charities and things like that." And he's definitely not going to engage with any negativity on the platform.

"If they tweet bad things, I'm going to tweet back, 'Love harder,'" Bochy said. "I might regret this one. We'll see."

Williamson scratched
Mac Williamson had been a much-needed jolt for the Giants' lineup since he was recalled from Sacramento last Friday, going 6-for-19 with three homers and six RBIs in that stretch.

Williamson was originally slated to bat sixth and play left field in Wednesday's lineup, but he was scratched half an hour before first pitch due to residual neck stiffness from his collision with the left-field wall after stumbling over the bullpen mound in foul territory trying to make a catch on Tuesday.

Video: WSH@SF: Williamson crashes into wall in foul ground

"It's a general soreness, which you're going to have when your head crashes into the wall there," Bochy said. "Probably as much as that was that he spiked himself on top of it, in the calf, and he has a pretty good gash there."

Austin Jackson was added the lineup to play center field, with Gregor Blanco moving from center to Williamson's original spot in left.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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