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


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.