Giants put struggling Jarlin Garcia on injured list, call up infielder Jason Vosler

Giants’ left-hander Jarlin Garcia was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday afternoon due to a left groin strain, the club announced. In his place, the organization called up 27-year-old infielder Jason Vosler, who is yet to make his Major-League debut.

Garcia, who was selected off waivers from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2020 season, has struggled in the early goings of this year’s campaign, pitching in five games to the tune of a 8.53 ERA. The 28-year-old southpaw has five walks in 6.1 innings and has surrendered two home runs. He hasn’t appeared in a game since the Giants played the Philadelphia Phillies on April 20.

Even with Garcia on the injured list, the Giants still have four left-handed pitchers in their bullpen, including closer Jake McGee, who is tied for the Major-League lead in saves (seven).

Rather than fill Garcia’s roster spot with another pitcher, the Giants instead opted to call upon Vosler, a left-handed hitter who can help the team off the bench, especially with third baseman Evan Longoria (left hamstring tightness) dealing with a day-to-day ailment.

Though Vosler has never played in the Majors, he shined for the Giants in spring training when he hit .304 in 56 at-bats with four doubles, a triple and two RBIs. He also showed off his ability to handle the glove at multiple positions.

The Giants’ decision to add Vosler to their active roster came shortly after the club announced that shortstop Brandon Crawford was scratched from the starting lineup due to right quad tightness. Crawford has also dealt with rib soreness recently.

— Giants’ right-handed reliever Reyes Moronta, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain on April 11, was scheduled to pitch in a side session on Saturday, manager Gabe Kapler said Saturday afternoon. Moronta has made progress towards a return, though the Giants have not yet set a date for that.

— Right-handed starter Johnny Cueto, who suffered a lat strain in his start on April 14 and was subsequently placed on the 10-day injured list, is also making progress towards a return. Kapler said there is still no timetable for that, though.

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