San Francisco Giants News & Notes: Roster Expansion, AFL Roster

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New Additions

Mar 31, 2015; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Nick Noona (60) fields a ground ball in the second inning of the spring training game against the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to the players that were re-activated from the disabled list, the Giants recalled catcher Hector Sanchez, infielder Nick Noonan, and pitcher Cody Hall.

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Sanchez gives the Giants the luxury of carrying three catchers again, meaning they can be more liberal with their use of Susac as a pinch-hitter, or Posey as the first baseman. Sanchez has struggled at the plate this season, with a .154 average in 25 games, but he has contributed one of their Giants’ franchise record eight grand slams this season.

Noonan is a familiar face for the Giants, as he played 62 games for San Francisco in 2013, and hit .219 with five RBI. Noonan spent all of 2014 in the Giants’ minor league system, and signed with the New York Yankees prior to 2015. He was released midway through the season, and was brought back to the Giants. He can play second base, shortstop, and third base.

To make room for Noonan, who was not on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated Justin Maxwell for assignment. After a really strong start to the season as the primary right fielder, Maxwell’s production has tapered way off, and with De Aza coming aboard, Maxwell’s bat was no longer needed.

Getting his first taste of big league action will be Hall, a right-handed reliever. Hall has enjoyed a solid year with Sacramento, mostly as a middle innings reliever and long man, but he has collected three saves this year. He has the ability to extend for multiple innings, which may be necessary after Monday’s 14-inning pitchfest.

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