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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.

Video: Jaime Garcia hits a 399-foot grand slam

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Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.

The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.

Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.

As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:

Ryon Healy exits game after taking a ground ball to the face

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Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.

Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.

Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.