Just call me the voice of the San Francisco pitchers. Just days after the 2017 season started, Hunter Strickland has been placed on paternity leave by the Giants. His wife Shelley is expecting their first child, a girl. The Strickland family talked about the difficulties they faced in conceiving a child, and went through several rounds of failed IVF attempts.
Because Strickland’s spot in the bullpen needs to be filled, the Giants are bringing up LHP Steven Okert from Sacramento. Okert was big this last spring, but he had options and Neil Ramirez did not, hence why Okert started in Sacramento. For now, Okert is the second LHP in the Giants’ bullpen.
In the meantime, congratulations to Hunter and Shelley!