We hate to say “we told you so” but we told you so.
Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants placed Buster Posey on the 7-day concussion disabled list and called up Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Sacramento.
To make room for Federowicz on the 40-man roster, pitcher Clayton Blackburn was designated for assignment.
We sort of predicted this move on Monday.
The one surprise in this move is the choice of Clayton Blackburn as the player to be DFAd.
A 16th-round pick out of Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High School, Blackburn became one the Giants’ top pitching prospects. Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball Prospectus listed him as the 95th best prospect in baseball.
After posting a 10-4 season with a 3.37 ERA with Triple-A Sacramento in 2015, it was thought that Blackburn could see time with the Giants in 2016. That didn’t really materialized, although Blackburn did spend four days with the big club last May, never seeing any game action.
Blackburn went 7-10 with 4.36 ERA for the RiverCats last season.
It’s not unheard of that players DFAd could clear waivers and return to Sacramento. It happened to Chris Heston two seasons ago. He later returned to throw a no-hitter for the Giants.
In the meantime, it will be Hundley as the Giants’ No. 1 catcher with Federowicz the backup for at least the next week.
Here’s another prediction. The best-case scenario for the Giants is for Posey to spend the next week resting up and be ready to return April 18 in Kansas City. Posey could then DH for two games before returning behind the plate on April 21 in Colorado.
The worst-case scenario? Well, with concussions, it’s hard to say.