• Homers in loss
    Campusano went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 6-3 loss to Atlanta.

    Advice: Campusano entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and took A.J. Minter deep for a two-run blast to make it a 5-3 deficit for the Padres. The long ball was his first hit in eight at-bats since being activated from the injured list July 5 and was his sixth homer on the year. Campusano has started just two games since his activation and seemingly won't be able to carve out much playing time unless an injury in front of him occurs. The 25-year-old backstop is slashing .230/.276/.376 with 19 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, 26 runs and a 14:29 BB:K in 228 plate appearances. Rotowire.com 5 minutes ago
  • Faces hitters Friday
    Small (oblique) threw a 20-pitch live batting practice session Friday, MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Small had been vying for a spot in the Giants' Opening Day bullpen during spring training before sustaining a Grade 2 right oblique strain late in camp that resulted in him opening the season on the injured list. He was shut down for about two months before he was finally cleared to start playing catch, and he's been gradually increasing the volume and intensity of his throwing sessions. Now that he's resumed facing hitters, Small could be on the cusp of heading out on what will likely be an extended minor-league rehab assignment. The 27-year-old lefty still has a minor-league option remaining, so the Giants could send him to Triple-A Sacramento upon activating him from the 60-day IL if there isn't a spot for him in the big-league bullpen. Rotowire.com 11 minutes ago
     
  • Throws extended side session
    Beck (arm) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session at Oracle Park on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Assuming Beck checked out fine following the extended side session, the Giants could clear him to resume facing hitters when the club reconvenes following the All-Star break. Beck has been on the shelf all season after he was diagnosed with an aneurysm in his upper right arm in spring training that necessitated surgery March 4. Though he was cleared for full baseball activities May 1, Beck has been building up slowly and is still likely multiple weeks away from returning from the 60-day injured list. With both Robbie Ray (elbow) and Alex Cobb (hip/shoulder) further along in their throwing programs and poised to beat him back from the IL to bolster the Giants' rotation depth, Beck will likely be ticketed for the bullpen once he's eventually activated. Rotowire.com 16 minutes ago
     
  • Next rehab outing coming Monday
    Cobb (hip/shoulder) is scheduled to make the fourth start of his rehab assignment Monday in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Cobb had made each of his first three rehab starts with Single-A San Jose, but with all levels of minor-league baseball in the midst of their All-Star break except for rookie ball, he'll head to Arizona to continue his progression. In his latest rehab outing with San Jose this past Wednesday, Cobb built up to 55 pitches and four innings while striking out four batters and giving up three runs on five hits and one walk. Including his upcoming outing Monday, Cobb will likely need to make at least two more rehab starts before the Giants would consider bringing him back from the 60-day injured list. Cobb has been on the shelf all season while recovering from offseason hip surgery but was expected to return at some point in the first half before a bout with shoulder irritation in mid-April resulted in a shutdown period that pushed back his timeline for activation. Rotowire.com 21 minutes ago
     
  • Two homers Sunday
    D'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with two homers, a walk, a stolen base, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: D'Arnaud didn't get going until later in the game. He distanced Atlanta with a three-run blast in the sixth to put them up 5-1 and then followed up with a solo home run in the eighth. The 35-year-old backstop also reached via a walk and swiped his first base of the year. The home runs were D'Arnaud's first since June 22 and are a continuation of a strong month at the plate so far. Over 26 plate appearances, D'Arnaud is slashing .333/.385/.625 with seven RBI and four runs scored in July. He continues to be in a timeshare behind the plate with Sean Murphy and won't have a clear path to an everyday role unless Murphy were to pick up another injury. Rotowire.com 30 minutes ago
  • Impresses in latest rehab start
    Ray (elbow) struck out nine batters and gave up one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings in his rehab start Sunday with Single-A San Jose.

    Advice: Making his ninth and perhaps final minor-league rehab appearance as he works his way back from May 2023 Tommy John surgery, Ray submitted his lengthiest and best outing yet. He built up to 74 pitches (56 strikes) in the rehab start and now owns a 4.13 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 38:4 K:BB in 24 innings over stops with San Jose, Triple-A Sacramento and the rookie-level Arizona Complex League. With Ray looking fully recovered from elbow surgery from both a workload and performance standpoint, he appears poised to return from the 60-day injured list to make his Giants debut coming out of the All-Star break. If the Giants opt to keep a five-man rotation intact rather than expanding to six, rookie Hayden Birdsong would seem to be most at risk of losing his starting spot once Ray is activated. Rotowire.com 32 minutes ago
     
  • Picks up the save Sunday
    Contreras locked down his second career save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Mariners after striking out one over a perfect ninth inning.

    Advice: The Angels top three relivers were all unavailable after pitching both Friday and Saturday, so Contreras was called upon to close things out in the ninth. He got the job done quite easily and picked up a strikeout on Ty France in the process. Coming into Sunday, Contreras had given up eight runs (seven earned) over his last 7.2 innings, so it was encouraging to see him bounce back in a high-leverage situation. The 24-year-old owns a 4.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 34:19 K:BB in 38.2 innings and will presumably go back to a middle/long relief role after the team returns from the All-Star break. Rotowire.com 48 minutes ago
  • Excellent in spot start
    Fulmer did not allow a hit or a run over 4.2 innings of work Sunday against the Mariners. He walked one and struck out seven and did not factor into the decision.

    Advice: Fulmer was perfect for 4.2 innings before Keston Hiura made an error. Fulmer then hit and walked a batter to load the bases, which abruptly ended his day at 77 pitches. Hunter Strickland came on in relief and was able to strand the runners. Fulmer's seven strikeouts were the most he's had in any outing since he had nine back on Sept. 10, 2017. His 77 pitches and 4.2 innings were both the most he's thrown this year. The 30-year-old has been a nice pickup for the Angels' bullpen this year, as he heads into the break with a 3.45 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49:23 K:BB in 47 innings. Rotowire.com 53 minutes ago
  • Blasts clutch three-run homer
    Adell went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Adell came through in the clutch with a three-run homer off Austin Voth in the eighth inning to put the Angels in front 3-2. He heads into the All-Star break with five RBI over his last three games but is still struggling mightily as a whole on the year. The 25-year-old is slashing .190/.255/.399 with 15 homers, 43 RBI, 36 runs and a 20:86 BB:K in 290 plate appearances so far. Rotowire.com Today, 7:02 am