Travis Ishikawa is finally healthy, but it turns out there's no room on the roster for the postseason star.
Ishikawa finished his rehab assignment Saturday after spending nearly two months recovering from a back strain, but the Giants designated him for assignment on Monday morning.
There is no room on the big league roster since the Giants are carrying 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, to get through a stressful stretch of games. The only other reasonable option was to part ways with Joaquin Arias, but he's now the backup at three infield spots after the Giants DFA'd Casey McGehee on Sunday.
The Giants did not need another first baseman, with Buster Posey and Andrew Susac capable of backing up Brandon Belt. With Justin Maxwell's emergence, they already are carrying five outfielders and a full bench.
Ishikawa, 31, hit .274 with the Giants last season, primarily as a pinch-hitter, and emerged as a surprise left fielder down the stretch. His walk-off home in Game 5 of the NLCS will go down as one of the most thrilling moments in franchise history, and in the offseason the Giants gave Ishikawa a one-year, $1.1 million deal. It looked then like he would be a lock to make the Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but the injury and the roster crunch led to Monday's move.
The Giants would like to keep Ishikawa around as an insurance option in Triple-A, but because of his 2014 season and reasonable contract, there seems a decent chance another organization scoops him up as a bench bat.