SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Francisco Peguero made his Major League debut in Saturday's game against the Braves, starting in left field and batting eighth.
"I'm very, very happy to be where every player wants to be -- in the big leagues," Peguero said before the game with teammate Angel Pagan translating. "Getting the chance to play, it's just a blessing."
The 24-year-old Peguero, who has spent seven years in the Minors, got the news from manager Bruce Bochy on Friday night that he would be starting Saturday.
"He was here early, and I know he's excited," Bochy said. "This is what you dream about, making it in the Major Leagues and playing. He's going to be nervous, as he should be. I look forward to seeing him."
Peguero was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday after Justin Christian was placed on the disabled list with a sprained wrist, getting the news from Fresno manager Bob Mariano that he was headed to the big leagues.
"I didn't believe it at first," Peguero said. "That's a moment every player waits for, and now that I'm here, it's totally crazy."