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.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.