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Why Giants called up Miguel Gomez from Double-A

The Giants made a surprise move Friday, calling up second baseman Miguel Gomez from Double-A Richmond. “‘Go-Go,’ we call him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Chris Stratton, who started Thursday in place of Johnny Cueto (ear infection) and threw 106 pitches, won’t be needed this series with the All-Star break on deck, so the Giants optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento and had the luxury of calling up a hitter. The switch-hitter flied out Friday as a pinch-hitter. Very confident kid. Gomez was hitting .305 with eight homers, 19 doubles and 38 RBIs in 78 games, ranking fourth in the Eastern League with 94 hits. While many of his teammates will hang out on the West Coast with the second-half opener in San Diego, catcher Buster Posey will be busy flying to Miami and back as the lone Giant in the All-Star Game. Posey will leave after Sunday afternoon’s game, and why not simply hop aboard the Marlins’ Miami-bound charter? Unlike the Giants and other teams, the Marlins don’t have family trips in which spouses and children tag along. Left fielder Austin Slater reinjured his hip running out a groundout in the eighth inning and will go on the disabled list. Conor Gillaspie (back spasms) was activated from the DL, and fellow third baseman Ryder Jones (right wrist contusion) went on the DL. Gillaspie missed 40 games, returned but had a setback and missed nine more games. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda will be among those honored before Tuesday’s All-Star Game during a tribute to the top Latin America-born players.

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