Giants add Nick Noonan for opening day roster

Nick Noonan walked toward the exit of the Giants’ clubhouse to
give his parents and fiancee the great news when Angel Pagan
grabbed him into a congratulatory hug. Gregor Blanco offered a fist
bump and some good-natured razzing: ”Don’t cry, OK?”

”It’s OK to cry,” hollered San Francisco first baseman Brandon
Belt, who bawled when he made the team two years ago.

Noonan cracked the San Francisco Giants’ opening day roster
Friday night, only two weeks after being optioned to the Triple-A
Fresno club.

Noonan received the good news that he had been recalled to the
big leagues with the reigning World Series champions after going 2
for 3 with a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning of a 3-1
victory against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. That raised
his spring training batting average to .273.

Manager Bruce Bochy called him into the office for the news
afterward. It just so happened Noonan’s fiancee, Amanda, and his
parents, Bill and Athena, were at AT&T Park on Friday night –
and his parents live in San Diego, so they will be able to attend
Monday’s opener in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

”It feels really good,” Noonan said. ”I had a lot of fun
playing out there today. I just kind of played with a big smile on
my face, actually, from the moment I took the field to the last
out. He called me in and told me, `You’re going to break camp with
these guys and get some playing time.”’

Even after the 23-year-old Noonan was optioned March 15 to the
Fresno roster, he still believed he had a chance to rejoin the
Giants. He batted .296 with nine home runs and 62 RBIs in 129 games
for Fresno last year.

”I just felt like there was an opportunity for me here,” he
said. ”Kind of looking at everyone around me, I never counted
myself out. I stuck to that plan, and here we are today.”

Also after the game, the Giants placed infielder-outfielder
Brett Pill, infielder Tony Abreu and left-hander Eric Surkamp on
the major league disabled list. The moves were retroactive to March
22.

In addition, outfielder Francisco Peguero and right-hander Jean
Machi were optioned to Fresno. They will have the day off Saturday
then report to the Grizzlies club Sunday.

The Giants still have a decision to make on the 25th roster
spot, likely between outfielder Cole Gillespie and third catcher
Guillermo Quiroz. Bochy said that decision will be made after
backup catcher Hector Sanchez plays again Saturday in an extended
spring training game to test his inflamed right shoulder.

Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a home run Friday

”He had a good day today,” Bochy said.