Casey Schmitt, Giants take aim at D-backs again

San Francisco infielder Casey Schmidt doesn’t currently have an established position, but rest assured that manager Gabe Kapler will find room for the promising rookie.

Schmidt Giantswho continued their four match series against arizona diamondbacks Friday in Phoenix

Schmidt hit a home run in his first three major league games. Giantswon 6-2 over diamondbacks on Thursday. Schmidt is 8-for-12 to start his career, tying Willie McCovey for most hits Giants players in their first three matches

“He just keeps on producing,” Kapler said. “I know it’s only been a few games, but he’s made quite a significant impact. I think we’re lucky he’s producing, and I’m sure he’s enjoying every minute.”

Schmidt has started the last three games at shortstop in place of Brandon Crawford, who could return as soon as Friday after missing the last 11 games with a strained right calf.

Kapler plans to find ways to keep the versatile Schmidt in the lineup.

“Casey is going to play some shortstop for us, play some second base, play some third base,” Kapler said. “He’ll stick around for us. So far, he’s been a really nice addition at shortstop, but he’s had a history of being one of the best third basemen in Minor League Baseball over the years.

“We don’t know whether someone will need a few more days (off) than someone else. We want to be cognizant of opening all possible doors for that.”

Arizona, which has lost three straight, will send right-hander Rene Nelson (1-2, 6.00 ERA) to the mound on Friday. He allowed three runs (two earned) over five innings without a decision on Sunday against the Washington Nationals.

Nelson, 25, has a 22-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first seven games this season. He made his first career appearance Vs. San Francisco.

Giants Right-hander John Brebbia (1-0, 5.93 ERA) is expected to serve as the opener in front of Ross Stripling (0-2, 6.66). Stripling allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings in a 7–3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Arizona outfielder Corbin Carroll is expected to be in the lineup after being rested on Thursday. The D-Backs are taking precautions with Carroll, who injured his left knee on April 29 and has been ruled out of the next two games.

“We targeted a certain portion of this comeback to be an off day,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s fine. He’s in a good place. We just want to make sure he’s playing his best baseball and not playing catchup for the entire season.”

diamondbacksThe bullpen’s struggles continued on Thursday when José Ruiz allowed four runs (three earned) in the ninth inning, allowing San Francisco to extend its lead to 6–0. Lovullo said he is exploring options to help his reliever.

“I may have to step in in some situations and give some people with negative roles a chance to play positive roles,” Lovulo said. “I did that recently and you know the names and it’s a good opportunity for them. But it’s really about moving forward and getting a job, whether you’re getting baseball.”

– Field Level Media

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