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Giants outfielder Steven Duggar to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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Giants rookie outfielder Steven Duggar hurt himself on a dive into second base Tuesday night. Last night the Giants announced that what they feared the worst had come to pass: he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his labrum. He will have season-ending surgery.

Duggar, who was hitting .255/.303/.390 and was establishing himself as the Giants center fielder of the future, is expected to be ready for spring training. In the meantime Gorkys Hernandez will serve as San Francisco’s primary center fielder.

The Giants, tied with the Tigers as baseball’s worst team a year ago, were in moderate contention for much of the year but injuries helped derail any playoff hopes they had going in the middle of the season. Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Madison Bumgarner have all missed time with significant injuries.

The spring training schedule came out yesterday. See ya in Scottsdale next February, folks.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.