Jerry Crasnick, baseball writer for ESPN and Baseball America, tweeted this morning that the Giants are "letting teams know OF Nate Schierholtz is available," noting that Schierholtz could be the "odd-man out" when Andres Torres returns from the disabled list.
There has been a great deal of debate in recent weeks about what the Giants will do when all of their outfielders are healthy. Some of that debate was put to rest when Brandon Belt was sent down to Triple-A Fresno, but there have still been lingering questions about what the club would do when Torres returned to center field.
Schierholtz has been a valuable member of the Giants, especially with his defensive skills and his ability to play right field so well at AT&T Park. Manager Bruce Bochy brought Schierholtz, along with first baseman Travis Ishikawa, into games in which the Giants were ahead during the 2010 postseason to preserve late-inning leads with their stellar defense.
Schierholtz has had an up-and-down career thus far at the plate, but hasn't had consistent enough playing time to prove himself offensively.
Schierholtz is a career .268 hitter who has shown he can hit for power, most recently demonstrated in a 467-foot home run to the upper deck at Coors Field. But due to a crowded field on a championship team, his tenure with the Giants appears to be coming to an end.
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Fan debate surrounding the Giants in this young 2011 season has not been limited to the outfield situation. There has been much concern over the struggles of 37 year-old shortstop Miguel Tejada, both offensively and defensively. Tejada has committed several errors that have cost the club in the win column, and is only hitting .205 with one home run in his last 73 at-bats.
Many names have been floated as possible candidates for the Giants to eye in a trade situation, such as shortstops Jose Reyes of the Mets, Stephen Drew of the Diamondbacks and Marco Scutaro of the Red Sox.
With this latest buzz around Schierholtz, speculation is likely to increase even more about Tejada's safety in the starting lineup.