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Giants place Austin Slater on 10-day disabled list with right groin injury

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The Giants placed outfielder Austin Slater on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin injury, per a team announcement on Saturday. Slater was removed from Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Marlins with what appeared to be another hip injury after grounding out to short in the eighth inning. Outfielder Mac Williamson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move and will likely split left field duties with Gorkys Hernandez until Slater returns in the second half.

Slater’s performance has highlighted an otherwise dismal season for the Giants, who currently rank second-to-last in the National League with a .386 winning percentage. The 24-year-old rookie exited Friday’s match with a .290/.343/.430 batting line, three home runs and 13 RBI through his first 29 games and has provided some much-needed coverage in left field to boot. He was sidelined for two days with hip flexor tightness last month, but appeared to make a full recovery before sustaining another lower body injury this weekend.

Without Slater’s bat, the Giants have to hope Mac Williamson will rise to the occasion after batting just .161/.235/.258 through his first 34 PA in 2017. Williamson, now serving his third season in San Francisco, got a marginal boost in Triple-A with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 207 PA, but hasn’t been able to make those numbers stick at the big league level just yet.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.