On Saturday, Giants outfielder Nori Aoki was hit in the leg with a pitch. It was thought to just be a bruise or, as the doctors say, an “ouchie,” but it’s more than that: he has a fractured fibula and now is heading to the disabled list.
This is a blow to the Giants, who already have Hunter Pence on the DL with an ailing wrist. Travis Ishikawa will likely be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Aoki. He and/or Brandon Belt will play first with the other covering left, perhaps interchangeably.
Gregor Blanco needed more than the minimum seven-day stay on the concussion disabled list, but the Giants outfielder is ready to return after being hit by one of teammate Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield on June 9.
Blanco was doing his usual thing before the concussion, hitting .278 with one homer and a .780 OPS in 48 games, and the Giants will likely put him into a starting role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.
Blanco is expected to be activated for tonight’s game against the Dodgers.
From the official Twitter account of the San Francisco Giants …
Blanco suffered the concussion Sunday when he got hit by one of Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield in the fourth inning. He finished out that game, but began feeling dizziness on Monday and Belt reported the symptoms to team trainers on Tuesday. “I was feeling weird,” Blanco told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday evening.”The biggest thing is I think Belt tried to play through it (last year) and I don’t think that’s good. We’ve got to pay attention to healing. Hopefully it’s seven days for me.”
Hunter Pence is also sidelined with a sore left wrist and could be placed on the disabled list Thursday.