San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Giants made numerous roster moves prior to Wednesday's game against Chicago, most notably designating infielder Miguel Tejada and outfielder Aaron Rowand for assignment.
In addition, the club also activated outfielder Pat Burrell off the disabled list and purchased the contract of infielder Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno.
Tejada was in his first season with the Giants and was brought in to add some punch to the lineup, but the former AL MVP during his days across the bay in Oakland was batting a mere .239 with four homers and 26 runs batted in. He also missed 25 games because of a lower abdominal strain and had started just four of the club's last 14 games since being reinstated from the disabled list on August 16.
Rowand had also struggled mightily in San Francisco's inept offense with just four hits in his last 40 at-bats and a .205 batting average in his last 34 contests. In 108 games this season, his fourth with the club, he was batting just .233 with four homers and 21 runs batted in.
Burrell had missed San Francisco's last 43 games with a mid-right foot strain and was 3-for-13 during a four-game minor league rehab stint. In 80 games for the Giants this season, the veteran entered Wednesday's action batting .233 with seven homers and 21 runs batted in.
Pill, who will turn 27 in September and has never before appeared in the majors, was ranked among the top five in most offensive categories in the Pacific Coast League. He was hitting .312 with 36 doubles, 25 homers and 107 runs batted in for the Grizzlies.