Franco recalled as Watson hits 60 day IL

The San Francisco Giants placed reliever Tony Watson on the injured list which will derail him for the rest of the season. They called up veteran minor league reiever Enderson Franco in his spot. Watson fractured his wrist earlier this month. He appeared in 60 games this year and went 2-2 with 41 strikeouts in 54 innings while having a 4.33 ERA, a new career high. Watson came over to the Giants on a free agent signing in February of 2018 after spending time with the Dodgers and the first 7 years of his career with the Pirates.

Enderson Franco finally gets the call to the big leagues after spending more than 183 games (163 starts) in the minors collecting 688 strikeouts in 889.1 innings. He had a record of 45-59 overall with a 4.57 ERA in his career but found a home with the AAA Sacramento Rivercats after signing a minor league deal with them back in  January. 

While with the Rivercats, the 26 year old Valenzuela native went 6-5 in 26 games (22 starts) totaling 98 strikeouts and had a 5.97 ERA.

Franco joins Mike Gerber and Cristhian Adames as the other Rivercats who got called up before their AAA Championship game on Tuesday against Columbus. 

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