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Former Arizona baseball star Joey Rickard called up by Giants

San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Joey Rickard is back in the big leagues.

The former Arizona Wildcats outfielder was recalled by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, his first time on the active roster this season. He had been training at the Giants’ alternate site as a member of the 60-player roster pool.

Rickard spent his first four seasons in the MLB with the Baltimore Orioles, before being claimed off waivers by the Giants last June. The 29-year-old has a career slashline of .247/.301/.373. with 20 homers, 47 doubles, and 71 RBI in 899 at-bats.

Rickard was an all-conference outfielder at Arizona as well as a member of the 2012 College World Series championship team. The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Rickard in the 9th round of the MLB Draft that year.

The Giants have won seven straight entering Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers, putting them at 15-16 for the season and into the National League playoff race. (Remember, 16 teams make the playoffs this year.)

Rickard is a free agent after this season, so this promotion also gives him a chance to build his value heading into an important offseason.