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  • Giants' David Villar: Shifting to minor-league camp

    The Giants optioned Villar to minor-league camp Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Villar was never a likely bet to make San Francisco's Opening Day roster, though he had a strong showing during spring training with three homers and a 1.093 OPS in 44 plate appearances. The 27-year-old had an .869 OPS at the Triple-A level last season but also struck out at a 26.6 percent clip, and he'll likely need to show improved contact skills to having any staying power in the majors.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Returns to lineup

    Villar (hand) is starting at third base and batting sixth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Villar was hit by a pitch on the left hand Monday but had X-rays come back negative, and he'll return to action Sunday after taking a few days to recover. The 27-year-old struggled to a .551 OPS in 46 big-league games last season and is fighting for a bench job on San Francisco's Opening Day roster.

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  • Giants' David Villar: X-rays come back negative

    Villar is day-to-day after X-rays on his left hand came back negative, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Villar had to be removed from Monday's contest against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but he's managed to escape with merely a bruise. The 27-year-old is competing for a reserve infielder job with the Giants this spring.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Leaves games after HBP on hand

    Villar was removed from Monday's Cactus League contest against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Villar was struck by a Peter Lambert offering in the sixth inning and walked off the field with the trainer. This could just be a precaution since his day was likely close to over, anyway, but it's unclear at this point whether he might require X-rays.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Getting long look in spring

    Villar will play in his fifth Cactus League game of the spring Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Villar is getting plenty of playing time so far, and he's gone 2-for-7 with a pair of doubles and a run scored over his first four spring games. The 27-year-old is projected for a utility role if he makes the major-league roster out of camp. That said, he has no clear path to playing time with more established options at both corner infield spots and second base, his three most likely positions. Villar also bats right-handed, as are all but two (LaMonte Wade and Brett Wisely) of the Giants' infield options, so there's not much chance of Villar earning a favorable platoon situation.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Heads back to Triple-A

    The Giants optioned Villar to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Villar will head back to Triple-A after being called up July 19, having gone hitless across 11 at-bats with a run scored, a walk and seven strikeouts in limited action following his promotion. Top prospect Marco Luciano was called up from Sacramento and will likely make his major-league debut Wednesday versus the Athletics.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Recalled from Sacramento

    San Francisco recalled Villar from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.

    Villar will provide infield depth for the Giants as Brandon Crawford recovers from a bout of left knee inflammation. The 26-year-old holds a brutal .159/.244/.345 batting line in 40 games (127 plate appearances) this season at the MLB level.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Optioned to Triple-A

    Villar was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Villar opened the 2023 campaign as a fixture in the Giants' lineup, but he's now been demoted to the minors for the second time this season. Alex Cobb (oblique) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move and will start Friday against the Mets.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Late add to lineup

    Villar will play first base and hit ninth versus the Padres on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Villar is a late addition to the lineup after LaMonte Wade was scratched with tightness in his side. Villar has not had much success thus far in 2023 with a .154 average and .585 OPS over 104 at-bats across 37 games.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Removed from Triple-A game

    Villar was removed from the lineup by Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday in the fourth inning, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com.

    Villar's removal is all but assuredly related to J.D. Davis (undisclosed) exiting with an injury against the Cardinals on Tuesday. The infielder would likely serve in a utility role if and when he receives a promotion come Wednesday.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Returns to majors

    The Giants recalled Villar from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. He'll start at third base and bat eighth in the Giants' series finale in St. Louis, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Villar will return to the major-league roster after being sent down May 30. The 26-year-old has struggled to a .135 average with four home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored and a stolen base in 32 games with the Giants this season. With J.D. Davis (ankle) potentially set for a stint on the injured list, Villar could get another look as a regular in the San Francisco lineup.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Giants optioned Villar to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Just three days after being recalled by the Giants, Villar will head back to Sacramento. Villar holds a .514 OPS through 108 plate appearances in the majors this season, but has been solid in the minors with a .900 OPS. If Villar can maintain a high level of output at the plate in Triple-A, he could be back with the Giants relatively soon. Luke Jackson (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday in a corresponding move.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Rejoins big-league team

    Villar was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

    Thairo Estrada was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist sprain, opening the door for Villar to return after a couple weeks in the minors. Villar struggled to the tune of a .148/.240/.318 line in his prior stint with the Giants this season, fanning in exactly one-third of his plate appearances. He figures to serve primarily as a bench piece with perhaps occasional starts against left-handed pitching.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Heads back to minors

    San Francisco optioned Villar to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Villar hadn't seen consistent playing time thus far in May, and his outlook wasn't going to improve after Brandon Crawford (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. As a result, the Giants elected to send Villar back to Triple-A so he can receive everyday at-bats.

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  • Giants' David Villar: On bench again

    Villar is on the bench Wednesday versus the Nationals, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Villar has now been out of the lineup for eight of the last 11 games, as he seems to have lost a hold on a regular role following a .570 OPS in his first 28 contests. With Brandon Crawford (calf) due back soon, Villar's roster spot might be in jeopardy.

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  • Giants' David Villar: On bench for second straight

    Villar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.

    Villar is sitting against a right-handed starting pitcher (Yu Darvish) for the second straight day and appears to have ceded primary duties at third base to J.D. Davis. The righty-hitting Villar offers the ability to play three infield positions and should still have a path to steady playing time versus left-handed pitching.

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  • Giants' David Villar: Homers off bench Saturday

    Villar went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 16-11 loss to the Padres.

    Brett Wisely initially replaced Brandon Crawford (calf), but Villar entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. One frame later, Villar briefly put the Giants ahead 11-10 with his solo shot. He was initially expected to start at third base this season, but J.D. Davis has hit well to begin the year, limiting Villar to more of a utility role in the infield. He still gets his fair share of playing time, but he's managed a paltry .156/.258/.351 slash line with four homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored, a stolen base and three doubles through 89 plate appearances.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Age: 27
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R