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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.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.