David Price stepped on a bat and hurt his hamstring on Friday

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Tigers starter David Price left his start against the Royals in the seventh inning on Friday after he stepped on a bat while backing up home plate after an Alex Gordon single. MLB.com’s Jason Beck explains how it happened:

Plate umpire Alan Porter tossed Gordon’s bat out of the home-plate area to avoid any potential contact with Hosmer. At nearly the same time, Price was running to back up home and ended up where the bat landed. Replays showed Price stepped on the bat with his right foot, which then rolled with the bat behind him.

Price immediately hopped around in pain. He threw a few warmup pitches to test his leg, but he was in considerable discomfort, hunching over on the back of the mound. He left the game but stayed on the dugout bench, keeping weight off his right foot.

Price left the start having allowed five runs (four earned) on 13 hits and no walks while recording only one strikeout. After the game, manager Brad Ausmus said the injury had something to do with the hamstring, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Ausmus added that he was less concerned with the injury after the game than during the game. “Any injury is concerning,” Ausmus said. “Especially when you talk about the ace of your staff.”

Price will undergo further evaluation on Saturday which should provide some clarity as to whether or not the left-hander will miss any starts or go on the disabled list.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.