FRESNO, CA - The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have purchased the contract of Grizzlies outfielder Justin Christian. Christian will join the team in San Diego along with pitchers Dan Runzler and Eric Surkamp, who were both recalled on Tuesday as well.
The 31-year-old Lincoln, NE native began his season at Double-A Richmond and was promoted to Fresno on July 2nd. In 64 games with the Grizzlies, Christian batted .338 (80-for-237) with 20 doubles, 10 home runs, 57 runs scored and 41 RBI. He compiled a .428 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage while stealing 36 bases in just 39 attempts.
Christian was signed in the offseason as a minor league free agent. The Aragon High School (San Mateo, CA) graduate was last in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees in 2008, where he appeared in 24 games.
With this roster move, Christian becomes the 14th player to spend time with both the Grizzlies and Giants this season, not including Major Leaguers on rehab assignment.
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