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Giants place Austin Slater on 10-day disabled list with right groin injury

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The Giants placed outfielder Austin Slater on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin injury, per a team announcement on Saturday. Slater was removed from Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Marlins with what appeared to be another hip injury after grounding out to short in the eighth inning. Outfielder Mac Williamson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move and will likely split left field duties with Gorkys Hernandez until Slater returns in the second half.

Slater’s performance has highlighted an otherwise dismal season for the Giants, who currently rank second-to-last in the National League with a .386 winning percentage. The 24-year-old rookie exited Friday’s match with a .290/.343/.430 batting line, three home runs and 13 RBI through his first 29 games and has provided some much-needed coverage in left field to boot. He was sidelined for two days with hip flexor tightness last month, but appeared to make a full recovery before sustaining another lower body injury this weekend.

Without Slater’s bat, the Giants have to hope Mac Williamson will rise to the occasion after batting just .161/.235/.258 through his first 34 PA in 2017. Williamson, now serving his third season in San Francisco, got a marginal boost in Triple-A with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 207 PA, but hasn’t been able to make those numbers stick at the big league level just yet.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.