SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are getting the band back together ... in Sacramento.
Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers, accepted his assignment to Triple-A and will join the team for this week's series in Oklahoma City. Earlier Sunday, Kevin Frandsen signed a minor league deal with the Giants.
Ishikawa, 31, was designated for assignment earlier this month when his rehab assignment came to an end. He signed a $1.1 million deal with the Giants last November after hitting a walk-off homer in Game 5 of the NLCS, but was slowed at the end of spring training by a back injury and never was able to regain a spot that has been capably filled by Justin Maxwell. Ishikawa hoped to return to the big league roster in a pinch-hit role, and it seems likely the Giants add him in that role at some point, particularly late in the season. They had hoped to keep him in the fold when he was designated.
Frandsen, 33, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. He had been playing for their Triple-A club and was last in the Majors in 2014, when he hit .259 in 105 games as a utility man for the Washington Nationals. Frandsen, a San Jose native, played for his hometown team from 2006 to 2009.
Frandsen and Ishikawa will join a River Cats roster that already includes Darren Ford (a Giant in 2010-11) and John Bowker (2008-10).