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Giants calling up Pat Burrell from Triple-A

Jun 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

As rumored earlier this week, the Giants have called up Pat Burrell from Triple-A just days after signing him to a minor-league contract.
Burrell went 5-for-16 (.313) with one homer and one double in five games at Triple-A, which was apparently enough to convince the Giants that he can at least be a viable bench bat despite earning his release from the Rays by hitting .218 with a .311 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage in 146 games over the past two seasons.
He looks washed up to me, but then again going from the NL to the AL often has that effect on veterans. Obviously the Giants are hoping a return to the NL can rejuvenate Burrell, as he smacked 33 homers with an .875 OPS during his last NL stint with the Phillies in 2008.
John Bowker will be demoted to the minors to make room for Burrell on the roster after hitting just .207 with a .609 OPS in limited action, perhaps signaling the 26-year-old’s last chance to claim a long-term role in San Francisco. Bowker’s minor-league numbers have always been solid, but he’s done nothing in 513 plate appearances during various stints with the Giants.

  1. Utley's hair - Jun 4, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Frisco’s depending on a slow defensive liability who failed as a DH? By the way, his stint with the Phightins ended with his most recent team’s fall in Game 5, Part Deux in 2008.

    After the slog he put in here, I wish him luck in his new endeavor, but I think he’s pretty much done. But again, good luck to him.

  2. trampslikeus - Jun 4, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    desperate men do desperate things. The Giants are wasting the best pitching in baseball with their collection of has-beens and never-was-beens who couldn’t hit the ocean from the Queen Mary. Just awfully frustrating to watch if you’re a fan. But, it’s early…they’re still in the hunt and if they can somehow make the playoffs, they’ll be the team no one wants to face. In the meantime, I’ll keep pimping for them to trade Matt Cain to Milwaukee for Prince Fielder.

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  4. Curious George - Jun 5, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    Meanwhile, Fred Lewis as a Blue Jay: 310/344/518

  5. Pat Burrell Fan - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    If he looks washed up to you, you need glasses. Burrell has the potential to be one of the greats. Best of luck to him.

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