San Francisco Giants assign pitcher Jorge Bucardo to Augusta GreenJackets

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The San Francisco Giants activated pitcher Jorge Bu­cardo from the disabled list and assigned him to the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday.

Bucardo went on the disabled list in April with right shoulder inflammation and hasn’t appeared since. He had a 4.82 ERA in 9⅓ innings for Class-A Advanced San Jose before the injury.

Bucardo also went on the disabled list in 2011 with shoulder issues that prevented him from playing that season and limited him to 11 innings in 2012.

The injuries have set Bucardo back in his development. At 23, he has yet to play in Double A. The right-hander grew into 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame after coming into the Giants system as a thin 17-year-old.

Bucardo pitched 114 innings for Augusta in 2010, recording a 2.21 ERA with 95 strikeouts and 31 walks. A stint with the GreenJackets this year figures to be brief considering he already has appeared twice at San Jose.

To open a roster spot, the GreenJackets placed right-handed reliever Derek Law on the disabled list. Law has been blowing through South Atlantic League competition in his second stint, recording a 2.31 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 10 walks in 35 innings.

SURPRISING PICK: The Giants selected prep shortstop Christian Arroyo in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

Arroyo wasn’t on many radars in the first round, but the Giants reached for him with the 25th pick out of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla. He has a verbal commitment to play at Florida.

Reports say Arroyo could have trouble sticking at shortstop, with a possible move to second or third base in the future. Assuming Arroyo signs with the Giants, he likely will find his way to Augusta at some point.

He would be another strong infielder to come through, following Matt Duffy.

Arroyo has the ability to square up the ball and spray it over the field with line drives. The Giants have a tendency to grab line drive-hitting middle infielders with good instincts, as evidenced by Joe Panik and Ehire Adrianza, currently in the higher levels.

The Giants’ second-round pick was third baseman Ryder Jones, of Boone, N.C., who has committed to Stanford. He has been clocked in the low-90s on the mound.

Reports indicate a concern about Jones’ bat speed and overall hitting ability.

Should he sign with the Giants and fail to adjust to professional pitching, he could find himself on the mound down the road.

Jones is also likely to come through Augusta if he signs.


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