A silver lining amid the recent struggles of the San Francisco Giants has been left-handed reliever Josh Osich, who was brought up from the minors last Friday. Osich hasn't allowed a hit in four appearances covering 13 batters, giving up two walks.
The 26-year-old rookie was a sixth-round draftee in 2011 out of Oregon State. He has suffered multiple serious arm injuries over the past six years, including Tommy John surgery in 2010. According to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler, Osich looked at this season as his last opportunity to reach the majors:
- "He has been communing with the moose and the bears. Osich grew up in Boise, Idaho, raised cattle and chickens, did a lot of hunting. He got his degree at OSU in criminal justice, with the aim of becoming a park ranger if baseball didn’t work out. Osich said he’d be OK if the ranger career doesn’t happen because of baseball interference."