Ishikawa tears ligaments 'slipping on a staircase'

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Travis Ishikawa showed up at Giants camp today wearing a protective boot on his left foot before revealing to reporters that he tore ligaments in his big toe three weeks ago from “slipping on a staircase.”
Ishikawa was able to take batting practice while wearing the boot and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that surgery is merely a “longshot possibility” at this point. However, if Ishikawa does need to go under the knife he’d likely be sidelined for about three months.
Ishikawa is a defensive whiz at first base, but hasn’t shown much offensively and will be fighting for a bench job after the Giants signed Aubrey Huff last month. He was expected to get some outfield reps in an attempt to improve his versatility in a reserve role, but obviously those plans have been put on hold.

Matt Adams placed on DL with fractured left index finger

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The Nationals made a handful of roster decisions on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Pitcher Wander Suero was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and 1B/OF Matt Adams was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger. With the two open roster spots, the Nationals recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Syracuse to start against the Orioles and added recently-acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera to the roster.

Adams, 29, was hit on the hand attempting to lay down a bunt on Friday. He has been quite productive for the Nationals this year, batting .275/.351/.575 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 171 plate appearances.

Adams was splitting time at first base with Mark Reynolds. Daniel Murphy drew starts at first base over the weekend, so it could be a Reynolds/Murphy split there now with Wilmer Difo remaining at second base.

In his major league debut on June 3, the 24-year-old Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tuesday’s start will be his first at the big league level. At Double-A Harrisburg this season, Rodriguez posted a 3.31 ERA with a 72/28 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.