The Giants reinstated Buster Posey from the 7-day disabled list on Tuesday and designated backup catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area).
Obviously, any extended absence by Posey would be devastating to the Giants. Scott Alexander took the loss in two innings of work. While Blackburn certainly isn't a top-tier pitching prospect, and the Giants did acquire minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa in that trade with the Rangers, Blackburn is almost MLB-ready, meaning his loss thins out the team's immediate pitching depth. They wanted the extra pitcher for the two games in an American League Park and the three at Coors Field. Acting manager Ron Wotus said there is a "better possibility" of Cain DHing again Wednesday rather than catching Madison Bumgarner.
Posey was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after he took a 94 miles per hour fastball off the helmet from Arizona's Taijuan Walker last week. "For me, I just look at going out and doing my job and give us a chance to win a ballgame". This will be the first time the Giants have been to Kauffman Stadium since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, where the bad guys ultimately reigned supreme and swiped the crown from our beloved boys in blue. Hitter Eric Hosmer initially was ruled safe at first, but the call was overturned on video review.
"They don't ever have it in the regular season", Affeldt said.
While Cueto's desire to pitch in the AL seems to stem from the fact he has spent the vast majority of his career in the NL, his declaration is sure to raise some eyebrows in a season that could be his last in San Francisco.
Different outcome: Before the Giants clinched the 2014 World Series in Kansas City, they were swept there in an interleague series.
OUR PICK: The Giants have been an terrible play with Cain on the mound.