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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Re-signs with Giants

    Walton signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Dec. 23.

    After electing free agency earlier in the offseason, Walton will return to the Giants' farm system and settle in as organizational infield depth. Walton played in nearly every level of the minor leagues last season, slashing .278/.374/.409 across 307 combined plate appearances.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Settles at Double-A

    Walton (shoulder) was reinstated from Triple-A Sacramento's 7-day injured list Friday and assigned to Double-A Richmond. He's gone 2-for-9 with two strikeouts in his first two games with Richmond.

    Walton saw the majority of his playing time at the Triple-A level and in the majors in 2022, but he'll play on an everyday basis in Richmond for now after he missed the first two-plus months of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery. He was cleared to begin an extended rehab assignment June 9 and joined Richmond following the All-Star break after he played 22 games between the rookie-level Arizona Complex League and High-A Eugene.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Shifts rehab to High-A

    Walton (shoulder) is hitting .250/.340/.318 with four walks against 11 strikeouts in 12 games since moving his rehab assignment to High-A Eugene on June 25.

    Walton has been on the Triple-A Sacramento's 7-day injured list all season while working his way back from offseason surgery on his right shoulder, but he's been playing in rehab games since June 9 and should be close to rejoining the Giants' top minor-league affiliate. Between 10 games in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League and 12 at Eugene, the 29-year-old is slashing .301/.407/.397 overall.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Rehabbing in Arizona

    Walton (shoulder) began a rehab assignment Friday with the Giants' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and has gone 3-for-6 with a double, a walk and two runs in two games.

    Walton picked up starts at designated hitter and second base in the ACL in what marked his first game action since last August. Because of his prolonged absence after undergoing right shoulder surgery, Walton may need to ramp up over the course of several more games in the Complex League before he's activated from Triple-A Sacramento's 7-day injured list.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Out until May

    Walton underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason and isn't expected to return until May, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The Giants opted not to tender Walton a contract for 2023 early in the offseason, though the club re-signed him on a minor-league deal a few weeks later. The 28-year-old missed most of the second half of last season due to shoulder inflammation that apparently required offseason surgery. Walton could fill a utility role for San Francisco later in the season, but he'll likely need to earn a promotion with strong play at Triple-A Sacramento once healthy.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Back with Giants on MiLB deal

    Walton (shoulder) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Dec. 5.

    The Giants non-tendered Walton in November, only to re-sign a couple weeks later on a minor-league pact that presumably includes an invitation to big-league spring training. Before he concluded the 2022 season on the shelf due to a bout with right shoulder inflammation, Walton logged 78 plate appearances for San Francisco and slashed .158/.179/.303.

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  • Donovan Walton: Non-tendered by Giants

    The Giants declined to tender Walton (shoulder) a contract for 2023.

    Walton got a couple brief looks with the Giants last season. He did little with the opportunity, collecting 12 hits in 78 total plate appearances. Now a free agent, Walton's status is up in the air after he ended the season on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Recalled, goes on 60-day IL

    The Giants recalled Walton from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday and placed him on the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Walton had previously been on Sacramento's 7-day IL with an unspecified injury, but he played in three rehab games with the Giants' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate this week. The 28-year-old suffered an apparent setback during the rehab assignment, however, and he'll now be sidelined for the rest of the season as a result. By calling up the injured Walton and placing him on the 60-day IL, the Giants were able to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Patrick Mazeika, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Sunday.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: On IL at Sacramento

    Walton (undisclosed) was placed on Triple-A Sacramento's injured list earlier this week, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Walton's injury in the minors comes at a tough time for the major-league squad, which is now down Brandon Crawford (knee) and Thairo Estrada (head). The nature of Walton's injury is unknown, and he won't be able to return until the latter part of next week at the earliest, though it's unclear if the Giants will still have a need at shortstop once he's healthy.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Sent to Triple-A

    Walton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.

    The 28-year-old started the past four games at shortstop and went 2-for-14 with a double and five strikeouts, but he'll head back to Triple-A with Brandon Crawford (knee) returning from the injured list. Walton has struggled offensively in 24 big-league games this year with a .158/.179/.303 slash line.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Gets look as everyday shortstop

    Walton will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the White Sox, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    With Thairo Estrada (illness) landing on the COVID-19-related injured list Sunday and with Brandon Crawford (knee) still stuck on the 10-day IL, Walton looks like he could be primed for an everyday role at shortstop. Walton will make his fourth consecutive start in the middle infield Sunday after going 2-for-9 with a double over the previous three contests.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Summoned from minors

    The Giants recalled Walton from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Thursday's game in Atlanta.

    Walton will assume the 26-man active roster spot of outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list. Gonzalez had been filling a near-everyday role in the corner outfield for the Giants, but Walton is more likely to serve as a utility man while he's up with the big club than as a replacement for Gonzalez in the lineup. San Francisco could get another lefty-hitting corner outfielder in LaMonte Wade (knee) back from the IL as soon as this weekend, in which case Walton would be a candidate to head back to Triple-A.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Sent to minors

    Walton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Walton appeared in 16 games after being promoted from Sacramento in mid-May, and he'll return to the affiliate after posting a .529 OPS for the Giants. The 28-year-old may rejoin the big-league club later in the campaign if infield depth is needed.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Riding pine Friday

    Walton isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Walton will get a breather after going 0-for-11 with three strikeouts over the last three games. Thairo Estrada is starting at the keystone and batting eighth.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Out of Saturday's lineup

    Walton is not in Saturday's lineup against the Dodgers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Walton is 0-for-13 over his last four games. Thairo Estrada will start at second base and bat fifth.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Opens scoring with grand slam

    Walton went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Marlins.

    It was a relatively quiet game on both sides until Walton's fourth-inning grand slam off Marlins starter Braxton Garrett. Walton is 3-for-12 with seven RBI, a homer, two doubles and three runs scored in his last three games. He's started in seven straight contests, earning a regular role in the middle infield while taking some playing time from Thairo Estrada and Brandon Crawford over the last week. Walton owns a .225/.244/.475 slash line with a homer, eight RBI, six runs scored and seven doubles in 41 plate appearances.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Knocks in three runs

    Walton went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

    Walton got the start at second base and came up with a big hit in the fourth inning, knocking a double to left field that plated three runs. The 28-year-old entered the contest with only one RBI across 32 at-bats, so this was his most productive game of the campaign. Walton has yet to go deep this season, but seven of his eight hits have gone for doubles.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Back in lineup Saturday

    Walton (undisclosed) is starting Saturday against Miami, Amy Gutierrez of the Giants' official site reports.

    Walton was scratched from Friday's lineup for an unspecified reason but came off the bench and went 1-for-4 with a double, two runs and a strikeout. He'll start at the keystone and bat seventh Saturday.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: No longer starting Friday

    Walton was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Marlins for an undisclosed reason.

    The 28-year-old was initially slated to start at second base Friday, but Thairo Estrada will take his place at the keystone and bat seventh. It's not yet clear whether Walton is dealing with an injury or whether he'll be available off the bench.

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  • Giants' Donovan Walton: Supplants Estrada on depth chart

    Walton will start at second base and bat seventh in Thursday's game against the Marlins, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    With right-hander Sandy Alcantara on the mound for Miami, the lefty-hitting Walton will get another start in the middle infield over the righty-hitting Thairo Estrada, who is on the bench for the fifth time in seven games. Walton, meanwhile, is picking up his seventh start in the past eight contests and appears to have moved into a large-side platoon role at second base. Since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on May 25, Walton has gone 5-for-21 with four doubles, three runs and an RBI.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 175 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Age: 29
School: Oklahoma State
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R