The Giants are letting teams know outfielder Nate Schierholtz is available, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Andres Torres might come off the DL soon after recovering from a sore Achilles tendon, perhaps leaving the out of options Schierholtz without a spot.
In Schierholtz, Pat Burrell, Darren Ford, Cody Ross, and Aaron Rowand, the Giants currently have five outfielders on the active roster. The Giants could retain Schierholtz by just sending down Darren Ford, who was recalled when Torres went on the DL.
There's also the question of whether Rowand has more value to the Giants than Schierholtz. The 33-year-old Rowand is off to a tolerable start in 69 plate appearances after his ugly 2010, and is owed $22.3MM through the 2012 season. Schierholtz has only 31 plate appearances, and has not produced.
Schierholtz, 27, was known to be on the bubble in March, but the Giants ended up outrighting Travis Ishikawa instead. Schierholtz appears to have defensive value, and has shown promise offensively at Triple-A.