Giants transactions: Gearrin and Jackson traded, while Black and Duggar called up

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By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — Sometimes, on Sunday morning, there is no news around the ballpark, but today is there is a lot of news surrounding the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants traded pitcher Cory Gearrin, outfielder Austin Jackson and Minor League pitcher Jason Bahr to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

To replace both Gearrin and Jackson on the roster, the Giants purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Ray Black and outfielder Steven Duggar from Triple-A Sacramento.

Both Black and Duggar will be making their first appearances on a major-league roster, and Manager Bruce Bochy is wasting no time with Duggar, as he is hitting lead-off and playing center field in today’s series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.

It has been a tough road to the majors for Black, who was drafted by the Giants with their seventh selection in the 2011 draft, but missed his first two professional seasons in 2012 and 2013 due to a torn labrum.

That was not all of Black’s injuries, as he detailed all of his injuries he has occurred since his days at the University of Pittsburgh.

While with the Panthers, Black had knee and hand surgeries in both 2009 and 2010, then came the labrum. Black then tore the Lat muscle in his arm in 2015, and finally his elbow was scoped in 2017.

His first surgery came in 2006, as he underwent Tommy John surgery as a high schooler in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Duggar, who was drafted by the Giants out of Clemson University in the sixth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft played in just 42 games between the Arizona Giants, San Jose Giants and the Sacramento Rivercats in 2017, as he missed the first seven weeks of the season with a flexor strain in his right elbow, and then he was out with a left hamstring strain.

This season with the Rivercats, Duggar was hitting .272 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in, as he played in 78 games for the Rivercats.

In 21.2 innings pitched this season, Black was 2-0 with a 2.91 earned run average in 22 games. Black walked just seven batters, while striking out 38 in those 21.2 innings for the Rivercats. He also picked up one save.

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