GIANTS: San Francisco outfielder Dave Roberts had surgery on his troublesome left knee Saturday, and it could be 12 weeks before he rejoins the Giants. Fred Lewis will play regularly in Roberts’ spot in left field. The 35-year-old Roberts batted .118 with one RBI in six games this season. Team orthopedist Ken Akizuki performed the 45-minute procedure to clean out cartilage behind his kneecap caused by arthritis and wear and tear.
Also Saturday, the Giants recalled outfielder John Bowker from Triple-A Fresno and started him in right field against the Cardinals for his major league debut.
PHILLIES: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins was out of Philadelphia’s starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle. The 2007 NL MVP injured his ankle on Tuesday.
BRAVES: Scott Spiezio was released by Atlanta from their Class AAA Richmond team, less than a week after the veteran infielder pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving case. Spiezio, a former Mariner, spent 12 years in the majors. He was released by St. Louis on Feb. 27 and signed by Atlanta on March 31.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said the team and Spiezio had agreed that he would submit to testing, continue his rehabilitation and report to the ballpark each day prepared to play.
“Yesterday, he was not ready to play,” Wren said.
The 35-year-old Spiezio pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor drunken driving and hit-and-run charges stemming from a December car crash in Southern California. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and agreed to undergo a three-month alcohol program, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and complete 80 hours of community service.
“He was appreciative of the opportunity,” Wren said. “He and we realized he needed more time to continue his rehabilitation. He just needs more time and needs to be in an environment where he can get the care he needs.”
Jeff Francoeur had two home runs and a career-high seven RBI as Atlanta beat Washington 10-2.
NATIONALS: Washington made a flurry of moves after losing its ninth straight game, activating closer Chad Cordero from the 15-day disabled list and optioning starter Jason Bergmann to Class AAA Columbus.
After their 10-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the team also said they would rush Wily Mo Pena back from his rehabilitation assignment with Columbus.
Pena had no sooner arrived in Charlotte, N.C., for an expected five- or six-game stint with the Clippers when he got word he was expected in Washington for today’s game.
Pena was to have an at-bat or two in Saturday’s game for Columbus and hop on a plane Saturday night.
General manager Jim Bowden has vowed not to watch quietly while his team loses.
“It’s going to have to change — or we’ll make more changes,” Bowden said.