The Giants have released veteran infielder Josh Rutledge from their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, tweets Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He’d been playing there on a minor league pact signed back in December.
Rutledge, 29, appeared in 18 games for the River Cats and totaled 54 plate appearances, hitting at a woeful .077/.111/.077 clip. Obviously, it’s a substantial outlier for a player with a career .280/.341/.418 slash in 163 career games at the Triple-A level, but it’s not hard to see why the Giants elected to move on.
Rutledge spent each of the past three seasons with the Red Sox, batting a combined .252/.319/.313 in 259 plate appearances as he moved back and forth between the Majors and Triple-A Pawtucket. The versatile infielder is a career .258/.310/.384 hitter in the Majors and has significant experience at both middle-infield slots in addition to nearly 300 innings at third base.