LOS ANGELES — The first day of September brought some familiar names back to the big leagues.
The Giants added six players on Tuesday when rosters expanded for the remainder of the season. Tim Hudson and Angel Pagan are coming off the disabled list and Hector Sanchez and Cody Hall were recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Nick Noonan had his contract purchased from Triple-A and Alejandro De Aza was added to the roster after a trade Monday night that brought him over from Boston.
To clear a 40-man roster spot for Noonan, the Giants designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment. Maxwell got off to a nice start but his average has dropped all the way to .209.
Hudson has been on the DL since the Giants acquired Mike Leake and bumped him from the rotation, but he could get a spot start this weekend in Denver in place of Chis Heston. Manager Bruce Bochy said Hudson, who is in his final season, will make at least one start this month but also will be available out of the bullpen. Pagan was ready to return last week but the Giants delayed the move so they could get to the Sept. 1 roster expansion.
The Giants made Noonan the 32nd overall pick in the 2007 draft and he played 62 games for them in 2013. The 26-year-old hit just .219 that season, but he can handle three infield positions and gives Bochy another backup shortstop option other than the struggling Ehire Adrianza.
Hall, a 27-year-old right-hander, was in camp this spring and is known for having a big fastball. He has a 3.46 ERA in Triple-A this season and provides some depth for a bullpen that has been overworked. Hall has thrown at least two innings 15 times out of the bullpen this season, and on five occasions has thrown at least three relief innings.
Sanchez has spent much of the past four seasons in the big leagues and gives Bochy a third catcher. Bochy will try to rest Buster Posey when he can down the stretch, and also likes to use Andrew Susac as his top right-handed pinch-hitter when the club is carrying three catchers. Sanchez is hitting just .154 this season and is unlikely to see significant playing time.
De Aza was picked up Monday in exchange for minor league lefty Luis Ysla. He will be a reserve outfielder and pinch-hit option for the Giants.