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San Francisco Giants coach gets his nose broken with a foul ball

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San Francisco Giants first base coach Jose Alguacil got hit in the face by a foul ball Saturday during an exhibition game against the Royals. His nose was broken and he got a deep laceration on the side of his face. He required surgery and was still in the hospital yesterday, though he was improving.

The happened as a result of a check-swing foul ball off the bat of Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier while Alguacil was sitting in a folding chair outside of the Giants dugout. In spring training managers and some coaches routinely sit in this position, on the field, pretty close to the on-deck circle and the batter. It has always seemed like a dangerous place to be, and in this case, it was.

Alguacil will be back with the team in a day or two, but he won’t be coaching first base for a couple of weeks.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.