Mike Kickham optioned back to minors by Giants

Well, that was fast.

The Giants on Wednesday optioned starting pitcher Mike Kickham back to the Triple-A Fresno, after calling him up to the show on Monday. Kickham surrendered four runs in 2.1 innings, picking up the loss, in his major league debut on Tuesday against the swingin’ A’s.

The Giants also purchased from Fresno the contract of right-hander Ramon Ramirez, who won a ring with the team in 2010 and re-signed with the club over the offseason, to take Kickham’s place on the roster. After getting overworked on Tuesday (no thanks to Kickham), the Giants bullpens needs additional help.

Kickham’s former spot in the rotation won’t come up until Sunday. Long reliever Chad Gaudin and Triple-A starter Shane Loux, the two pitchers who lost out to Kickham in the Ryan Vogelsong Replacement Sweepstakes, could be called upon to make that start. Kickham could make the start, too, but because he was just sent down, a Giants player would need to be placed on the disabled list first.

[via CSNBA]

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