The Giants have activated left-hander Drew Smyly from the injured list, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to report. They also made newly acquired first baseman’s Justin Smoak selection official and optioned righty Rico Garcia.
Smyly, who Pavlovic notes should work from the bullpen upon his return, has been out since Aug. 2 with a left index finger strain. Before that, he made three appearances (two starts) and looked good over 8 1/3 innings, in which he allowed two earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out nine batters in that span and also saw his average fastball velocity clock in at a career-high 93.6 mph.
These next couple weeks will be important to both the Giants and Smyly, as the club’s surprisingly in the thick of the playoff hunt at 23-21; meanwhile, Smyly has plenty to pitch for as someone who’s due to reach free agency in the offseason. The Giants signed him for a guaranteed $4MM last offseason, even though Smyly was coming off three nightmarish years (he endured two injury-wrecked campaigns with the Rays and Mariners before struggling in 2019 with the Rangers and Phillies). But if Smyly continues rolling before the season runs out, he could not only help the Giants to the playoffs, but put himself in a more favorable position on the cusp of another trip to the open market.