Change Is In The Air: Last place Giants not hesitant to make moves with their season on the line

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO — Derek Holland didn’t take his demotion from the Giants’ starting rotation without blowing off some steam. Gathering reporters after Saturday’s game, Holland didn’t mince words.

“To be honest, I have no idea what they’re doing,” Holland said. “I don’t mean (manager Bruce Bochy). It’s more from the front office. We keep changing a lot of things. I did a fake injury so I’m not happy about that. But at the end of the day I’m going to do what they ask me to do. I’m going to be here for my teammates. That’s what it’s all about.”

Like it or not, Holland and his teammates are on watch, the byproduct of a 17-23 start to the season and an 8 1/2 game deficit in the NL West. Tyler Beede is the next man up in the team’s starting rotation, replacing Holland after the veteran was far too generous in Denver Tuesday in his return from the injured list. In snowy conditions, Holland allowed seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs. Holland was lifted with two outs in the third inning, trailing 7-2, as Bochy preferred Trevor Gott to face the dangerous Trevor Story with a runner on third.

“He was without his breaking ball,” Bochy said of Holland. “He didn’t have a feel for it and it’s hard to pitch here without it.”

When the Giants open a two-game set against the Blue Jays Tuesday, Tyler Beede will be the starter, not Holland. But that’s not the only change as the Giants attempt to climb out of a hole.

After that game, catcher Aramis Garcia was recalled along with Beede. Drew Pomeranz was placed on the list with a lat strain. Buster Posey will miss both games against Toronto as he still dealing with the effects of a concussion.

Brandon Belt is dealing with a calf strain suffered in Friday’s game. That opened the door for Pablo Sandoval, who homered and doubled on Sunday while replacing Belt.

On Saturday,  Dereck Rodriguez was sent back to minors with a mandate to find his control. Rodriguez allowed 12 earned runs in his two, most recent starts along with his ERA sitting at 5.05.

Finally, outfielder Aaron Altherr was claimed off waivers from the Phillies. Altherr smacked 19 home runs for Philadelphia in 2017, but was hitting just .034 this year when he was demoted. To make room for Altherr, pitcher Andrew Moore was designated for assignment.

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