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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Giants send Jarrett Parker back down

Jarrett Parker’s brief stint in the major leagues consisted of one game sitting in the San Francisco Giants dugout Friday night at Citi Field in New York.

In a cruel twist of fate, the San Francisco Giants optioned Parker, a Stafford County native, to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies before Saturday’s game against the Mets. The move was made to make room for first baseman Brandon Belt, who came off the disabled list sooner than expected.

Parker, who starred at Colonial Forge and UVa, was informed of his major league call up Thursday and made the trip to New York for Friday’s series opener with the Mets, which the Giants won 5-1 with Parker on the bench.

The Giants brought Parker up to give them a reserve left-handed bat while Belt was still out.

Belt was expected to make a minor league rehab assignment, but he was activated after missing 12 games with a concussion.

Parker batted .275 with 12 home runs, 58 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 99 games with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels before Thursday’s promotion. Saturday’s news still means Parker is making a jump to Fresno, which would keep him closer to the parent ballclub for another potential call-up this season.


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