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Jarrett Parker sustains broken clavicle on an outfield catch

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Giants’ left fielder Jarrett Parker was forced to leave Saturday’s Giants-Rockies game after he made a warning track catch in the fourth inning and collided with the left field wall, breaking his clavicle in the process. Parker fell to his knees after the collision and had to be helped off the field. Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t have a timetable for Parker’s return, but expects him to miss some time during the recovery process.

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, there is currently no replacement slated to take Parker’s place in left field. Most of the Giants’ outfield backups are unavailable or injured, including Mac Williamson (quadriceps injury) and Mike Morse (hamstring injury). That leaves Aaron Hill, who subbed in for Parker during Saturday’s 5-2 loss, as well as Chris Marrero and Gorkys Hernandez, though none have played well enough to earn a permanent starting role this year. It’s possible that the Giants will solicit outside help, which could lead them back to veteran left fielder Angel Pagan, who remains unsigned after electing free agency last November. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic also speculates that the club could utilize 40-man options like Kelby Tomlinson or Orlando Calixte, though that would require putting Parker on the 60-day disabled list.

Parker was hitless at the plate on Saturday while Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood worked 5 2/3 innings of a perfect game. He’s 3-for-21 on the season with one triple in nine games with San Francisco.

Kris Bryant on Joey Votto: “He’s the best player ever … He’s a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.”

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The Cubs wrapped up a four-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 13-10 loss to split the set. They’ll match up again against the Reds next week for a three-game series in Cincinnati. That’s good news for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, because that means he’ll get to see Reds first baseman Joey Votto some more.

As CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports, Bryant has grown quite fond of Votto. Bryant has already won a World Series ring, a Rookie of the Year Award, and an MVP Award, but he still looks up to Votto. According to Bryant, Votto is “the best player ever.” He added, ““He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. He gets a lot of (heat) about his walks and working at-bats and some people want him to swing at more pitches. But, gosh, I mean, he does an unbelievable job. You know that he’s going to give you a great at-bat every time he goes up there. It’s definitely a guy that I look up to and I can learn from.”

Bryant said that Votto is “a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.”

Bryant also explained how his approach changed by watching Votto. He said that in his rookie season, he was “swinging at everything.” Votto, however, is “aggressive, but he’s not going to swing at a pitch until he wants it.”

Indeed, in Bryant’s rookie season, he struck out in nearly 31 percent of his 650 plate appearances. This season, he has struck out in only 19 percent of his PA. His walk rate has also increased by more than 2.5 percent since his rookie campaign. Compared to last year, Bryant is down in HR and RBI, but his average is the same, his on-base percentage is markedly better, and his slugging percentage is only down by a minute amount.

Video: Daniel Descalso hits D-Backs’ third inside-the-park homer of the season

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Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso hit his team’s third inside-the-park home run of the season during Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Astros. In the top of the fourth inning, with the score 1-0 and the bases empty, Descalso ripped a 1-0, 83 MPH change-up to right-center field. The ball caromed off the wall, heading towards left field, which sent center Jake Marisnick on the chase. Marisnick tried to pick up the ball with his glove, but dropped it, which sealed Descalso’s destiny for an inside-the-parker.

It had only been five days since the Diamondbacks’ last inside-the-park home run. David Peralta hit one against the Cubs on August 12. Ketel Marte legged out his club’s first ITPHR on July 26 against the Braves.

As ESPN Stats & Info notes, the Diamondbacks have three as a team, which is amazing because the other 29 teams have hit seven combined.