SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants rewarded Brett Pill for his torrid hitting by recalling the first baseman Monday from Triple-A Fresno.
To clear roster room for Pill, the Giants optioned outfielder Francisco Peguero to Fresno.
In 32 games with the Grizzlies, Pill was hitting .341 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs. He also had a 1.054 OPS. Giants manager Bruce Bochy recently offered a hint that Pill would be moving up sooner or later by saying, "He's doing what he has to do."
Pill's recall was timely, since the Giants will begin a two-game Interleague series Tuesday at Toronto. He could be a leading option to fill the designated-hitter role.
During Spring Training, the 28-year-old Pill was hampered in his bid to make the Opening Day roster by a torn meniscus in his right knee that required arthroscopic surgery.
Like Pill, Peguero forced the Giants to recall him on May 3 by hitting .415 in 16 games for Fresno. He hit .188 (3-for-16) in six games with San Francisco, including four starts in left field.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less