Giants place LaMonte Wade Jr. on injured list in series of roster moves – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

SAN FRANCISCO – A crushing injury and a looming bullpen matchup led to a roster shuffle Tuesday afternoon.

Tyler Fitzgerald returned after a torrid week in Triple-A and the Giants also purchased the contracts of minor leaguers Spencer Howard and Trenton Brooks. LaMonte Wade Jr. went on the IL one day after straining his left hamstring while running the bases, and the Giants also brought in Drew Pomeranz and Ryan McKenna to free up spots for Howard and Brooks.

The moves add some balance to a roster that needed another left-handed bat after Wade went down. Brooks, 28, was acquired last summer from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for reliever Sean Newcomb. He had a .426 OBP in Triple-A and brings a similar profile to Wade, who leads the majors in the category.

With McKenna – a versatile outfielder – gone, the Giants brought back Fitzgerald after he hit six home runs in six Triple-A games and earned PCL Player of the Week honors. Since Marco Luciano and Brett Wisely are both still standing, Fitzgerald figures to spend most of his time in the outfield and as a pinch runner.

Howard could throw several innings Tuesday night after the Erik Miller opener. The 27-year-old is a former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies and had a 5.90 ERA in Triple-A with 57 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

McKenna had only six at-bats after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles, but he helped the Giants earn a comeback victory in New York by stealing second base after running for Wilmer Flores. Pomeranz was signed on the road trip but did not appear in a game during his second stint with the Giants.

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