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Giants send down reliever Machi, add Kontos

Giants send down reliever Machi, add Kontos

Giants send down reliever Machi, add Kontos

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants exchanged right-handed relievers with Triple-A Fresno on Monday, recalling George Kontos and optioning Jean Machi to the Minors.

Machi was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 appearances with the Giants, but he allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings spanning his last five outings. That stretch ended with a two-thirds-inning performance against Miami on Sunday in which he surrendered four runs and four hits, including two homers.

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"He showed signs of fatigue," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This will allow him to catch his breath and get back on track. I think he did a great job when he was fresh, helping set up."

Kontos, who also showed signs of being worn down when the Giants optioned him to Fresno on June 12, was 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four Triple-A games. He's appealing a three-game suspension that he received the day he was demoted for throwing a pitch at Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen the night before. Kontos remains eligible to perform while appealing his penalty.

In another bullpen-related development, Santiago Casilla (right knee) demonstrated that he's closer to being reinstated from the disabled list by throwing off a mound. Bochy said that Casilla could throw to hitters Wednesday, which would be one more significant test to pass.

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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