SAN FRANCISCO -- With a deadline looming, the Giants will take a look at yet another third baseman.
Jae-gyun Hwang, a Korean infielder who was one of the surprises of camp, will join the team on Wednesday. Hwang has spent the entire season in Triple-A. He could have opted out of his contract on July 1 if he wasn't in the big leagues.
Manager Bruce Bochy said he could not talk about Hwang much since the move -- placing Conor Gillaspie back on the disabled list -- is pending, but he also noted that Hwang is expected to start at third base on Wednesday against the Rockies. It'll be a huge moment for a 29-year-old who gave up a career as a superstar in the KBO to come and try to make it in Major League Baseball.
"This is one of the best parts of the game for a manager, when you can welcome a guy and you shake hands or hug a guy who is realizing his dream," Bochy said. "Jae worked hard and gave up a lot to pursue this, so I'll be as happy as he is when I see this guy."
In 68 games with Sacramento, Hwang was hitting .287/.333/.476 with 19 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 RBI. He primarily plays third, although he has played plenty of first base this season. The Giants tried Hwang at left early in the season but the experiment didn't take, and that was part of the reason why it was going to be hard to fit him on the roster.
As late as Monday, sources said Hwang would not get a June call-up and the expectation was that he would take the opt-out. But then Gillaspie's back flared up again and a cortisone shot was needed.
Hwang's time up here could be short. Eduardo Nuñez will be back Friday and the Giants will need to option either Hwang or Ryder Jones. By adding Hwang to the 40-man roster, the Giants gain the ability to option him back to the minors.