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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Giants optioned Sabol to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Sabol's chances at making the Opening Day roster as a third catcher were already low, and he'll officially head back to the minors to begin 2024 after slashing .211/.333/.263 across 24 plate appearances during spring training. The 26-year-old backstop posted a .969 OPS during his last Triple-A stint in 2022, and he may be able to hit his way back into San Francisco if he performs at that level in 2024.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Back in action Wednesday

    Sabol (groin) will return to action Wednesday for the Giants' Cactus League contest against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Sabol is not in the lineup but will come off the bench and play some left field. It will be the 26-year-old's first game appearance since March 5, as he's been plagued by a right adductor strain. Sabol should be ready in time for Opening Day but appears ticketed for Triple-A Sacramento to start the season.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Beginning baseball activities

    Sabol (groin) will begin baseball activities and a running progression Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Sabol suffered a right adductor strain earlier this month but has been cleared to being ramping things back up. A timeline for his return to game action isn't clear, but it would seem a stint on the injured list to start the season could be in the cards.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Scheduled for MRI

    Sabol pulled his groin adductor during the Giants' spring training game against Milwaukee on Tuesday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

    Sabol sustained the injury while attempting to beat out an infield single. He will use the Giants' day off Wednesday to receive an MRI, which should offer more clarity on the severity of his injury and how long he may be out for.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Could get looks at first base

    Sabol will likely get a look at first base in spring training, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Sabol, a natural catcher, is behind at least Patrick Bailey and Tom Murphy at that position. He also saw time in left field last season, but manager Bob Melvin wants to add more versatility to Sabol's profile. The 26-year-old had to stay on the major-league roster all of last season after being acquired in the Rule 5 draft from the Reds, but Sabol will be able to be optioned to the minors if he can't carve out at least a utility role in 2024.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Goes yard in loss

    Sabol went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Guardians.

    Sabol has just three hits over his last 15 at-bats, but two of them have been homers, and he's accounted for four RBI in that span. The catcher's fifth-inning blast Tuesday was the Giants' lone run of the contest. He's up to a .244/.306/.409 slash line with 13 long balls, 42 RBI, 36 runs scored and three stolen bases over 101 games this season. With Patrick Bailey (concussion) likely returning Wednesday, Sabol's playing time is probably set to be reduced.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Key part of winning rally

    Sabol went 1-for-2 with one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored in Monday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Guardians.

    Sabol provided a game-tying RBI single in the 10th inning, then stole second and scored on LaMonte Wade's single for the winning run. The steal was Sabol's third of the season and his first since April 26. The 25-year-old has gone just 2-for-12 (.167) in September, but both of his hits this month have proven valuable. For the season, he's slashing .243/.304/.399 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 35 runs scored and nine doubles across his first 100 major-league contests.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Swats 12th homer

    Sabol went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 9-8 win over the Rockies.

    Playing time has been fairly sparse for Sabol lately, but he's gone 7-for-23 (.304) across his last eight contests. His homer Friday was his 12th of the season, but his first since July 19. The rookie catcher/outfielder is at a .245/.304/.404 slash line with 40 RBI, 34 runs scored, two stolen bases and nine doubles through 97 contests. Sabol and Joey Bart will likely split time behind the plate while Patrick Bailey (concussion) is out -- Bart has drawn the start at catcher in two of the three games Bailey's missed so far.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Heads to bench Sunday

    Sabol is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

    Sabol had started at either catcher or in left field in five of the past six games, but he'll join several of the Giants' left-handed hitters on the bench Sunday while Atlanta brings southpaw Max Fried to the hill. Though he's continued to receive fairly steady playing time of late, Sabol has mustered a lowly .483 OPS while striking out at a 43.5 percent clip since the All-Star break.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Garners fourth straight start

    Sabol will start at catcher and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Rays, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Sabol went 1-for-8 at the dish while starting each of the past three games in left field, but he'll shift behind the plate Wednesday while No. 1 backstop Patrick Bailey rests in the series finale. The Giants seem content to give Sabol a look as their primary left fielder against right-handed pitching while all of Mike Yastrzemski (hamstring), Mitch Haniger (forearm) and AJ Pollock (oblique) are on the injured list.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Sitting in second straight

    Sabol is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The Giants have now faced left-handed starters on consecutive days, so it comes as little surprise that the lefty-hitting Sabol hasn't been included in the lineup for either of those contests. The rookie Rule 5 selection doesn't have a clear path to a regular spot in the lineup versus right-handed pitching either, but the Giants have often made an effort to find room for Sabol at either catcher, designated hitter or left field by resting one of their everyday players. Sabol has held his own when the platoon advantage is in his favor, as he owns a .280/.332/.492 slash line (123 wRC+) with 19 extra-base hits in 211 plate appearances versus righties.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Swats solo shot Wednesday

    Sabol went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

    San Francisco didn't manage much offense in the contest, as Sabol was the only player on the team with multiple hits. He brought the Giants to within a run with his seventh-inning solo shot, but that was the final tally of the game. Sabol looks to be earning more playing time thanks to a strong July during which he has thus far slashed .321/.321/.786 with four homers and nine RBI over 10 games. His fantasy appeal lies in his eligibility at catcher and is aided by the fact that he also gets more-than-occasional playing time in the outfield.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Goes deep twice in loss

    Sabol went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners.

    Sabol accounted for both of the Giants' run-scoring plays with a two-run blast in the fourth and a three-run homer in the ninth. While they came up a run short, this was still a massive game for Sabol individually, as the five RBI were a career high. The catcher/outfielder is up to 10 long balls, 33 RBI, 27 runs scored, two stolen bases and a .255/.317/.445 slash line through 65 contests. He's hit safely in five straight games, but the returns of Mike Yastrzemski and Michael Conforto from their respective hamstring injuries could make it tougher for Sabol to see time in left field going forward.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Homers off bench

    Sabol went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Mets.

    Sabol went deep in the seventh inning, but the Giants' comeback effort fell short. He snapped a 20-game homer drought. The 25-year-old has hit safely in four straight games, going 4-for-13 (.308) over that span. For the season, he's slashing .250/.313/.413 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 25 runs scored and two stolen bases over 218 plate appearances. He continues to see regular time between catcher, left field and designated hitter.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Heads to bench Sunday

    Sabol is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    While moving between designated hitter, left field and catcher, Sabol had started in each of the Giants' last eight games while going 5-for-26 with a pair of doubles. The lefty-hitting rookie will hit the bench with a southpaw (David Peterson) on the bump for the Mets, but Sabol's multiple pathways to the lineup should continue to make him at least a semi-regular starter against right-handed pitching.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Out of lineup Saturday

    Sabol is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest versus the Dodgers.

    Sabol is out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with Michael Conforto, Luis Matos and Mike Yastrzemski making up the Giants' outfield against the Dodgers and Bobby Miller on Saturday. Sabol has hit just .194 with a .568 OPS thus far in June over 31 at-bats, and he may see less playing time with those three assumed to be the starting group at the moment.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Heads to bench Monday

    Sabol is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Sabol went 3-for-15 with three walks, two RBI and a run while starting in each of the past five games. Four of those starts came as a catcher, though Sabol's increased usage behind the dish may have been in some part due to the fact that Patrick Bailey had been dealing with neck tightness. Bailey is expected to operate as the Giants' primary backstop for the foreseeable future, but Sabol should still see semi-regular playing time against right-handed pitching while moving between catcher, designated hitter and the corner outfield.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Homers in loss

    Sabol went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Orioles.

    Sabol went yard in the sixth inning to get the Giants on the board. He's hit safely in five of his last six games, going 7-for-23 (.304) over that stretch. With Joey Bart (groin) expected back soon, Sabol's hot stretch should help him maintain his place on the roster. For the season, the Rule 5 pick has slashed .254/.318/.442 with seven homers, 18 RBI, 17 runs scored and two stolen bases through 151 plate appearances.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Bows out of lineup

    Sabol is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

    He'll retreat to the bench as the Giants stock their lineup with eight right-handed options to counter Pirates southpaw Rich Hill. Sabol has been serving as the Giants' primary designated hitter of late, but he'll cede the role to David Villar in the series opener.

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  • Giants' Blake Sabol: Lifts three-run blast

    Sabol went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Brewers.

    Sabol entered Sunday 0-for-17 over his last four games, with a 1:7 BB:K in that span. It took him until the seventh inning to snap the drought, with his homer being his first since April 29. While the bat has cooled off a bit since Patrick Bailey took over the primary catching duties, Sabol is still getting in the lineup regularly at designated hitter and occasionally in left field. Sabol is slashing .244/.313/.437 with six homers, two stolen bases, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored through 131 plate appearances.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Laguna Hills, CA
Age: 26
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R