Chicago White Sox Claim LHP Eric Surkamp Off Waivers From San Francisco Giants

February 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Eric Surkamp (47) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox, according to The Associated Press.

Surkamp was designated for assignment last week when the Giants added outfielder Michael Morse and right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the 40-man roster.

Surkamp, 26, was once thought to be one of the rising stars in the Giants organization when he dazzled at Double-A Richmond in 2011. But in six starts with the Giants that season, Surkamp had a 5.74 ERA and a 1.838 WHIP in 26.2 innings with 13 strikeouts, posting a 2-2 record.

He missed all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery and made one start for the Giants last season, getting lit up for seven runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings against the Cincinnati Reds on July 23.

Surkamp was drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round in 2008 out of North Carolina State University.

Also gone from the Giants’ roster is first baseman Brett Pill, whose rights were sold to the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, pending a physical, according to MLB.com.

Pill, 29, had fallen behind Brandon Belt on the depth chart at first base and with Buster Posey playing more frequently at first base, as well, and the addition of Morse to play left field, there was not going to be a lot of playing time available for Pill.

In 111 games and 259 plate appearances from 2011-13, Pill hit .233/.279/.404 with nine homers and 32 RBI. Last season, he had three homers and 12 RBI in 48 games and 92 plate appearances, hitting .224/.272/.376.

Pill was a seventh-round pick by the Giants in 2006 out of Cal State Fullerton.

Topics: Brett Pill, Eric Surkamp, San Francisco Giants

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