A Giants bullpen that was already light on right-hander relievers took a significant hit on Sunday when the team announced it had placed Reyes Moronta on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain.
Moronta was dominant on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies as he picked up a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning and appeared to be gaining confidence after missing the entire 2020 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
The Giants filled Moronta’s roster spot by recalling outfielder LaMonte Wade, Jr., but his stay in the majors could be temporary as Gabe Kapler’s club will almost assuredly need another righty in the coming days. With Moronta out, the only right-handers in the Giants’ bullpen are Tyler Rogers, who has appeared in five of the team’s eight games, and Matt Wisler, who has allowed six earned runs in four games this season.
Kapler has not detailed the severity of Moronta’s flexor strain and the Giants have not provided a timetable for his recovery, but any extended absence could compel the club to consider adding non-roster players such as Nick Tropeano, Zack Littell or Dominic Leone to the team’s bullpen. All three players were candidates for the Opening Day bullpen, but the Giants must clear space on the 40-man roster to create room for any member of the trio.
Wade, who will start in center field Sunday against Rockies right-hander Germán Márquez, was acquired in a trade this offseason that sent reliever Shaun Anderson to the Minnesota Twins. Wade can play all three outfield positions and also has experience at first base.