SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The San Francisco Giants re-signed right-handed reliever Tyler Walker to a one-year contract Friday.
The Giants first declined their 2008 club option on Walker, then brought him back. After returning from reconstructive Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow and getting called up Aug. 27, Walker went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 15 relief outings for the Giants. He didn't allow a run in 14 of those appearances.
``Our bullpen is obviously an area that needs attention, and bringing Tyler back is a big boost to our efforts,'' general manager Brian Sabean said of the San Francisco native. ``We all saw at the end of 2007 that he has returned to form, and we are confident in his ability to pitch in the late innings come 2008.''
The 31-year-old Walker pitched for the Giants in 2004, '05 and part of 2006, then had a brief stint with Tampa Bay before coming back to San Francisco.
Also Friday, the Giants hired Roberto Kelly as first-base coach. Kelly, the organization's former manager of the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets manager, also will oversee baserunning and outfield defense on manager Bruce Bochy's staff. Kelly replaces Willie Upshaw, who was not brought back.
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