Giants activate Mark Melancon off 10-day DL

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: San Francisco Giants Pitcher Mark Melancon (41) throws a pitch during an MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 3, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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The San Francisco Giants have activated right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon off the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. In order to make room on the 25-man roster, the team has placed second baseman Miguel Gomez on the 10-day DL with a right knee injury.

Melancon found himself back on the DL with a right pronator strain in his throwing arm, having last appeared out of relief for San Francisco back on June 27.

In his first season as a member of the Giants, he has made 22 appearances and gone 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA. He has notched 11 saves, but worked just 20.2 innings, while allowing a career-high 10.9 H/9 IP.

The Giants inked the closer to a four-year, $62 million deal back in December. Melancon has the option to opt out following the 2018 year, but he’s in line to receive a $19 million payday each of the next three seasons.

Without him at the backend of the bullpen, the team has seen five others relievers pick up saves, with Texas Rangers cast-off Sam Dyson serving as the most recent stop gap. No pitching staff in the National League has allowed as many hits as the Giants, which is only partially responsible for the 46-70 record they own coming into play on Saturday.

Miguel Gomez made his major league debut with the Giants back in July and has appeared in 22 games, but made just 34 plate appearances. He has driven in a pair of runs and collected two doubles, batting .242 over his first taste of the big leagues.

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