Mac is back.
Many San Francisco Giants fans will revel in the news that Mac Williamson has been called up from Triple-A Sacramento. They’ve been calling for that for weeks.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is took Hunter Pence going on the disabled list to get Williamson back to the bigs.
Pence was placed on the 10-day DL on Monday after battling a mild hamstring strain for the past several days.
Pence has not appeared in a game since making a brief appearance in Friday’s 17-inning marathon. That means the DL stint could be backdated to Saturday, meaning he could come off the DL as early as May 23 in Chicago. But given Pence’s battles with hamstring issues in the past, it seems more likely he won’t return until the Giants come home for a Memorial Day weekend series against the Braves on May 26.
Pence becomes the 12th Giants to head to the DL this season, joining Will Smith, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Aaron Hill, Jarrett Parker, Denard Span, Mark Melancon, Conor Gillaspie, Trevor Brown and Williamson.
Giants fans have been clamoring for the team to recall Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento ever since he was first sent there on April 21 after spening the first three weeks on the DL with a leg injury.
But after a very solid spring, Williamson took a while to find his swing at Triple-A.
On May 7, he was hitting just .208 with a .240 OBP. He had more strikeouts (14) than hits (10) in 50 plate appearances. Yet, Giants fans STILL wanted to call him up.
He then he got hot, collecting hits in his last six games with the RiverCats, including four multi-hits games. He is 10 for 25 (.400) with six strikeouts and four walks in that stretch, moving his average from .208 to .274.
Sunday’s win over Cincinnati nothwithstanding, the Giants have struggled to score runs this season. So they could use a hot bat.
You can expect Williamson to play, particularly with the Dodgers sending lefties on Tuesday and Wednesday.
And a break right now might be the best thing for Hunter Pence. His average had dropped to .243 on the season. He had been hitting .184 over his past 10 games, .207 over the past month, averaging about a strikeout a game.