A little bullpen shuffle today. The Giants have designated Vinnie Chulk for assignment and called up Sergio Romo from Connecticut.
Chulk, 29, will spend 72 hours on waivers while the Giants try to trade him, which is unlikely to happen. He indicated that if he isn’t claimed, he would decline an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno.
Because Chulk won’t accept a minor league assignment, this is the last we’ll see of him. Chulk, who was the other player coming from Toronto in the infamous Shea Hillenbrand trade, pitched well for the Giants in 2007 before his season came to a close because of circulation issues related to Buerger’s Disease. In ’07 Chulk posted an ERA of 3.57 and a FIP of 3.33.
Chulk was mostly used in mop-up situations this year and struggled to get in a groove. He has an ERA of 4.83 and a FIP of 5.38 this year. Expect for another team with poor depth in the bullpen to pick him up. As for Sergio Romo, I’ve written about him as recently as last week. I’m a fan of him and I’ll be excited to see him pitch on TV. He doesn’t blow away hitters but has had pretty good success by deception and great command and control.