Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:13:51 -0700
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (back) underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural damage in his sore lower back Wednesday, Aug. 21. The team expects him to return to the lineup Thursday, Aug. 22, after he missed his second straight day Wednesday. 1B Brett Pill has been taking ground balls at third base to give the team depth behind INF Joaquin Arias.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:58:42 -0700
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill will start taking fly balls in left field, and the team is ready to move on from OF Jeff Francoeur against left-handed pitchers.
Fantasy Tip: Pill may maintain some value in NL-only leagues if he starts to play regularly in left field. This remains to be seen, but he should be owned in those arenas just in case.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:48:07 -0700
San Francisco Giants C/1B Buster Posey will see less time at first base, according to manager Bruce Bochy, at least in part because of 1B Brandon Belt's recent surge at the plate. Posey is 11-for-66 (.167) in his last 20 games. "His swing is fine," Bochy said of Posey.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like the skipper is conscious of the abuse that Posey endures as a catcher and would like to get him those full days of rest, at least in part for the benefit of his best player's offense. It can't hurt. This could be good news for Belt owners, assuming that the left-handed hitter, and not Brett Pill, will receive more opportunities against southpaws.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:19:53 -0700
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt was named the National League Player of the Week after hitting .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs, five RBIs and eight runs last week. Manager Bruce Bochy has the utmost confidence in him, too, starting him against all left-handed pitchers and hitting him third in the lineup, including Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Fantasy Tip: This was bad timing for Brett Pill, who has been relegated to a bench role thanks to Belt's hot hitting. Don't expect Pill to see much time until Belt cools off. It looks like Pill's time with the team could be coming to an end soon, too.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:55:58 -0700
The San Francisco Giants don't view 1B Brett Pill as an everyday player, and they are convinced he can only play first base, which makes it seem likely that he may not be a part of the team after this season. Pill is out of minor league options and must stay on the 40-man roster this winter or the team will have to waive him and expose him to other clubs.
Fantasy Tip: Pill should only be relied on in deep NL-only leagues since the team isn't convinced he should receive steady playing time. As long as Brandon Belt is around in SF, Pill will have a tough time finding enough PT to make him valuable in mixed leagues.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:17:34 -0700
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill could see more playing time over 1B Brandon Belt, who is struggling at the plate. Manager Bruce Bochy said it would be tough to keep Pill's bat out of the lineup if he continues to swing the bat well.
Fantasy Tip: As long as Belt is on the roster and getting at-bats, it'll be very tough to justify owning Pill on mixed league rosters. Pick him up in NL-only leagues, though.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:31:40 -0700
The San Francisco Giants will promote 1B Brett Pill and OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Fresno Tuesday, July 30. The team hasn't announced what the corresponding moves will be. Kieschnick is hitting .273 with an .836 OPS and 13 home runs in 422 plate appearances.
Fantasy Tip: Kieschnick and Pill are likely depth pieces for the active roster, but it could also signal that the Gigantes are close to dealing Hunter Pence away. Pill could steal some time away from the struggling Brandon Belt at first base.
Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:53:26 -0700
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill (hamstring) was removed from the game Saturday, June 29, with Triple-A Fresno due to a hamstring strain.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:17:00 -0700
The San Francisco Giants have recalled C Hector Sanchez and P Jake Dunning from Triple-A Fresno. The team optioned 1B Brett Pill and designated RP Ramon Ramirez for assignment.
Tue, 21 May 2013 10:27:26 -0700
The San Francisco Giants placed Ryan Vogelsong (hand) and Santiago Casilla (knee) on the 15-day disabled list. They recalled 1B Brett Pill and RP Sandy Rosario from Class AAA Fresno.
Fantasy Tip: It's yet to be determined who'll replace Vogelsong in the rotation for the next month-plus. Rosario probably isn't an option because he's only started two games at any level since 2009. Casilla's loss leaves Jeremy Affeldt as the chief setup man. Pill is still just NL-only depth.