Giants outfielder Nori Aoki was struck in his batting helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch on August 9 and landed on the disabled list four days later with a concussion. Aoki returned on August 20 and played in the Giants’ next 11 games, but he has now been absent from the starting lineup for six days straight due to a recurrence of post-concussion symptoms.
It’s possible we might not see him again this year.
Aoki is scheduled to visit with a brain specialist on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. There should be an announcement about the next course of action Thursday, and a complete shutdown seems like a safe bet.
Aoki has been an important presence at the top of the Giants’ lineup this year when healthy, batting .287 with a .353 on-base percentage in 93 games. He carries a $5.5 million club option for 2016 that will almost certainly get exercised.
San Francisco currently trails the Dodgers by 7 1/2 games in the National League West.