PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Giants Friday gave veteran shortstop Neifi Perez his unconditional release just before their 16-6 rout of Philadelphia.
Perez was batting .290 with 27 RBI. He lost his starting job recently to fellow veteran Deivi Cruz, and had only one hit in his last 19 at-bats.
The Giants, who needed bullpen help, recalled pitcher Kevin Correia from Triple-A Fresno.
Correia, who turns 24 on Aug. 24, pitched in five games for the Giants earlier this year, compiling a 12.10 ERA.
"We're going back to 12 pitchers -- that necessitated the move," said Giants Assistant General Manager Ned Colletti. "Neifi is a pro and was a good addition to the club and played hard every chance he got. He didn't like (the move), but said he understood it."
If Perez is not claimed by Tuesday, he becomes a free agent. The San Francisco Chronicle reported he has roughly $750,000 left on his contract for this season and that the Giants had tried in vain to trade him.