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Giants bolster roster with five callups

Giants bolster roster with five callups

Giants bolster roster with five callups
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects the Giants' initial wave of September callups, which the club announced Friday, to provide personnel flexibility.

"I'll use them everywhere -- off the bench, double-switch, pinch-run, pinch-hit," Bochy said. "It allows you to make a few more moves."

Each of the position players recalled Friday -- infielder Emmanuel Burriss, shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Fresno and outfielder Darren Ford from Double-A Richmond -- had stints with the Giants earlier this season.

"It's nice to have that [experience]," Bochy said.

In fact, Crawford has started more games at shortstop, 41, than any other Giant this season. The 24-year-old hit only .190 with San Francisco but displayed admirable defensive skills.

Asked to define Crawford's September role, Bochy said, "I think we'll see how it goes. He gives us another option at shortstop. I'll leave it at that."

Having combined to steal 15 bases earlier this season with the Giants, Burriss and Ford offer speed that the team has lacked. Burriss also stole 24 bases in 45 games with Fresno, while Ford pilfered 16 bases in 41 games with Richmond and Fresno.

First baseman Brett Pill, who has no Major League experience, joined the Giants on Wednesday.

The Giants also recalled Triple-A right-hander Waldis Joaquin, who was briefly removed from the 40-man roster earlier this season. Joaquin, who was 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 35 appearances for Fresno this year, compiled no record and a 5.87 ERA in 14 outings with San Francisco in 2009-10.

Others due to rejoin the Giants after the Minor League regular season ends Monday include left-hander Dan Runzler, who's currently with Fresno, and left-hander Eric Surkamp and catcher Hector Sanchez, biding their time with high-Class A San Jose. Surkamp already has been named to start Tuesday in San Diego.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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