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San Francisco Giants release Tony Abreu

Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants’ bench situation became clearer today as infielder Tony Abreu was placed on release waivers.

Abreu, who hit .268 for the Giants last year in a limited role, was having an atrocious spring. He only managed a .179 batting average with just one extra-base hit and no walks. The Giants are in desperate need of reliable middle infielders due to the uncertainty surrounding Marco Scutaro‘s injured back, so it speaks to just how terrible Abreu has been this spring when the Giants were so willing to cut ties with him. 

The Giants will likely carry three backup infielders to start the year: Joaquin Arias, spring training monster Brandon Hicks, and defensive specialist Ehire Adrianza. Should Scutaro start the season on the disabled list, Arias figures to see the bulk of playing time at second base.

The Giants open their 2014 season on Monday, March 31 against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road. 

Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports

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Dave Tobener

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Dave Tobener has followed the Giants for all of his life and written about them for the past decade. His work has previously appeared on sites such as Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Sports' Big League Stew, and Fanball.