Feb 23, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher J.C. Gutierrez (57) poses for a photo during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Set Roster, J.C. Gutierrez Grabs Final Bullpen Spot

With rosters due to be locked in by noon Sunday, Saturday’s rainout of the finale of the Bay Bridge Series gave the San Francisco Giants a chance to get their work done early.

The Giants set their final 25-man roster for Opening Day Monday at Arizona, with veteran reliever J.C.  Gutierrez earning a spot in the San Francisco bullpen (h/t MLB.com).

Gutierrez pitched with the Royals and Angels last season, posting a 4.23 ERA and 1.373 WHIP in 53 total appearances covering 55.1 innings. He had 45 strikeouts. Gutierrez, 30, had a 3.38 ERA and 1.295 WHIP in 29.1 innings and 25 games with Kansas City, but struggled with the Angels, recording a 5.19 ERA and 1.462 WHIP in 28 games and 26 innings.

Prospect Derek Law, 23, will be sent to Double-A Richmond to start the year after a solid spring.

Also making the final roster is journeyman infielder Brandon Hicks, whose contract was purchased along with Gutierrez’s so they could be added to the 40-man roster. Outfielder Roger Kieschnick was designated for assignment to open the necessary roster spots for Hicks and Gutierrez.

Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23, because of a sprained right knee and second baseman Marco Scutaro’s DL assignment was made retroactive to March 21 due to what is being called a lower back strain.

The final roster breakdown for the Giants includes (* indicates left-handed pitcher or hitter, % indicates switch-hitter):
Starting pitchers: Madison Bumgarner*, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong.

Bullpen: Santiago Casilla, J.C. Gutierrez, David Huff*, Javier Lopez*, Jean Machi, Yusmeiro Petit, Sergio Romo.

Catchers: Buster Posey, Hector Sanchez%.

Infielders: Ehire Adrianza%, Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt*, Brandon Crawford*, Brandon Hicks, Pablo Sandoval%.

Outfielders: Gregor Blanco*, Michael Morse, Angel Pagan%, Hunter Pence, Juan Perez.

Disabled List (15-day): LHP Jeremy Affeldt, 2B Marco Scutaro.

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