DENVER -- You could understand why Hunter Strickland was so excited about getting good news Friday that he took to Twitter to announce the news himself. Coors Field, after all, is the place where Strickland made his MLB debut last September.
Strickland announced on Twitter that he was being added as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader and manager Bruce Bochy later confirmed the move, with the caveat that the decision could change. The Giants need to make sure they get through Friday's game without using Yusmeiro Petit before they can fully commit to Petit starting Saturday's second game.
"He'll be here available for the doubleheader, and if we think we have to change we will, depending on how the game goes today," Bochy said.
If Petit pitches Friday, the Giants could still add a minor league starter. The most likely scenario however is that Strickland is here and available for both games, and Bochy isn't gun-shy about using a pitcher who became notorious for giving up homers last October. Strickland is off to a strong start in Sacramento, with a 1.66 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 15 appearances. He has 25 strikeouts to just three walks and has not given up a homer.
"He's been throwing the ball very well," Bochy said. "He's got good command, his secondary pitches are coming along, with good stuff. There've been glowing reports on him. He's becoming more of a pitcher."
The Giants were impressed with Strickland this spring but sent him to Triple-A to work on his breaking ball and also to get stretched out for just this possibility. Strickland has thrown two innings in six of his appearances this season and gotten up to a high of 41 pitches in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
Pumped to be headin to Denver to meet the team and help win this double header tomorrow!— Hunter Strickland (@hstrickland60) May 22, 2015