Nori Aoki heads to the disabled list with a fractured fibula

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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.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.