SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants cleared roster room for new outfielder Cody Ross' arrival by designating infielder Matt Downs for assignment and placing righty reliever Guillermo Mota on the 15-day disabled list.
Ross joined the Giants on Monday, a day after he was awarded to San Francisco on a waiver claim from the Florida Marlins. Ross was available off the bench for the opener of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Ross is batting. 265 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs this season.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Mota has been bothered the past few days by IT band syndrome along the outside of his left leg.
Downs has spent most of this season with Triple-A Fresno, where he was hitting .254 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 56 games.