Giants activate closer Melancon, demote Tomlinson

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May 17, 2017 - 3:44pm
Giants activate closer Melancon, demote Tomlinson The Giants activated closer Mark Melancon before Wednesday’s series finale against the Dodgers. To make room on the roster they optioned infielder Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento. Melancon has been on the disabled list since May 9 with a strained pronator muscle in his right forearm. “He’s adamant he’s ready to go and he’s our closer,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Why wouldn’t we activate him? Derek Law has done a good job in Melancon’s place but has pitched in four of the past five games, so Bochy does not plan to use him Wednesday. The Giants restored an eight-man bullpen with these roster moves. Bochy said it would be difficult to sustain a seven-man ‘pen when the Giants do not have a long reliever. The Giants will try to beat Clayton Kershaw in consecutive starts for only the third time. The lineups: DODGERS vs. Utley 1B Bellinger LF Puig RF Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Ty Blach earned his first two big-league wins against the Dodgers, the first Giant to do so since Harry Gumbert in 1935-36.

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