Giants closer Mark Melancon has been placed on the disabled list, and either Derek Law or Hunter Strickland could be the next in line for saves. The move is retroactive to Saturday and San Francisco played with a 24-man active roster. The 26-year-old has posted a 2.40 ERA and 21.2 percent strikeout rate over 15 innings of relief this season. The right-hander has a 2.53 ERA in 11 appearances and has converted six of his first eight save opportunities for the Giants, who are last in the National League West with an 11-22 record.
For now, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said, the team will go with a closer-by-committee approach. He inked a four-year, $62 million contract with the club in December. "We've got the extra three days on the front end".
Melancon will be eligible to come off the DL next Tuesday.
Melancon told Jerry Cransnick of ESPN that he expects to be back as soon as possible.
If Melancon's loss counts as a crushing blow, it's because he was the Giants' signature acquisition this past winter, as they sought to address a bullpen that blew a franchise-record 32 save chances last season.