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Beede optioned to Triple-A for rest break

@oapostrophesd
July 3, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- After the best outing of his fledgling Major League career, rookie right-hander Tyler Beede was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. The Giants made the move to add a player while taking advantage of the All-Star break to give Beede extra rest between starts. They recalled right-handed

SAN DIEGO -- After the best outing of his fledgling Major League career, rookie right-hander Tyler Beede was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.

The Giants made the move to add a player while taking advantage of the All-Star break to give Beede extra rest between starts. They recalled right-handed reliever Ray Black from Sacramento.

Beede, 26, held the Padres to one run on four hits and no walks while pitching a career-high seven innings Tuesday night in the Giants' 10-4 victory. He is 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 10 Major League appearances (eight starts) this season.

After the All-Star break, the Giants will reset the rotation. Beede, who pitched only 87 2/3 innings last year at all levels while pitching mostly in relief, will make his next start July 14 at Milwaukee, manager Bruce Bochy said.

"I want to be out there every fifth day," Beede said after shutting down the Padres on Tuesday. "But at the same time, understanding where I was last year, the amount of innings I threw being out of the bullpen, this could be beneficial, just from me having a couple more days of rest coming out of the break.

"I'm excited to get back out on the mound."

Beede did not report immediately to Sacramento. His stepfather, Andrew Rivers, died Saturday, and Beede flew to Boston on Wednesday to join his family. The Giants considered putting Beede on the bereavement list, but that is a seven-day exemption from the roster and the Giants felt they need the extra arm after the All-Star break. Beede will throw during his time away from the Giants but is not likely to appear in a game with Sacramento, Bochy said.

Bochy took note of how Beede was able to focus and perform in his last start while he and his family are grieving.

"He probably was even more determined to go out there and pitch a great game," Bochy said. "He had great concentration the whole game, and you saw the results -- no walks, how he pounded the strike zone. It's a real credit to him."

Black is back

Black, 29, posted a 6.17 ERA in 26 relief appearances with the Giants in 2018. He has a 5.21 ERA in 19 games with Sacramento this season but has struck out 28 batters in 19 innings. Black can throw above 100 mph but his medical history includes Tommy John and shoulder surgeries, plus a litany of smaller ailments that have cost him time in his development.

He missed almost five weeks from mid-April to late May this year with a minor flexor pronator strain in his pitching shoulder. But he has had no issues since his return to action.

"A month injury, to me, is like a cakewalk," he joked.

His ERA might not open eyes, but the Pacific Coast League has been brutal on pitchers overall. Several Giants callups have fared better in the Majors than they did at Triple-A. Black said the difficulty of pitching in an offense-friendly league has helped him develop further.

"This year, with the home runs and the inflated ERAs in that league, we're working on a lot more offspeed pitches," he said. "You hardly see guys throw more than 60 percent fastballs there. It's a credit to the hitters. It's a credit to the organizations developing guys. Almost every lineup you face has seven starters with .300 batting averages.

"The best thing, for me, is I've thrown a lot more offspeed pitches. You can't just rely on your fastball."

Notable

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford (right hamstring tightness) remained out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. Bochy said he decided to be cautious and take advantage of the off-day Thursday to help Crawford recover.

• The Giants reinstated outfielder Steven Duggar (lower back tightness) from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Sacramento. Duggar had a .234/.277/.343 slash line in 67 big league games this season.

Shaun O'Neill is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @oapostrophesd.