PHOENIX – The Giants expect to be without third baseman Evan Longoria for “a couple of weeks,” manager Gabe Kepler said, after an MRI Monday revealed a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring.
Longoria, 36, suffered the injury on a double play ball in the fourth inning of San Francisco’s 4-2 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. When healthy, he has been one of the Giants’ best hitters this season (line of .243/.331/.459 for an OPS+ of 120) but has missed nearly half of his games so far this season. And now will waste more time. .
“It can be frustrating,” Kapler said. “When you consider how much effort and energy Evan puts into getting ready to play a game for us and then going out and trying to beat the double play and running as hard as he can and It’s stressful … for anybody, but especially for a guy who works as hard as he does and prepares as well as he does. … I feel that as a person first.
La Stella is possibly active in this series.
The good news: With Longoria absent, Tommy LaStella’s return is pending.
The 33-year-old infielder rejoined the Giants on Monday here in Arizona after a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. La Stella has missed the past 15 games since being listed for COVID on July 8, after the lingering effects of offseason Achilles surgery forced him to miss most of the first three months of the season.
“Nothing is set in stone, but there’s a good chance he’ll be active and on the roster in the next few days,” Kapler said.
Despite La Stella’s long stay on the Covid list, the giants refused to share their test results. On Monday, La Stella said he “didn’t want to go into details” about it.
More time for Crawford
Brandon Crawford is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, but the Giants will have to wait a little longer to return from his second stint on the injured list this season (and fourth of his career).
Crawford received a cortisone injection last Sunday that he hopes will help inflammation in his left knee from a freak slide at home plate in Atlanta last month. On Sunday, he took ground balls for the first time after a shot, and on Monday his streak began.
“The goal with Craw when we bring him out of the IL is for him to be as agile and athletic as he can be,” Kapler said. “I don’t expect it to be tomorrow. … He’ll just be satisfied with a performance like he did last year. This is his turn. We want to support him in getting there. So, right now, his The thrust of the work is, first, pain-free. Second, athleticism and explosiveness.”
To wrap up these updates on Longoria, LaStella and Crawford, a reminder that the Giants’ projected starting infield (including first baseman Brandon Belt) has appeared in the same lineup three times this season (May 16, 17 June, June 21) — and never on the field together
- Catcher Curt Casali (left oblique strain), who has been out since July 5, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.
- Left handed pitcher Matthew Boyd (flexor tendon), made an appearance in the clubhouse here, where he continues his recovery from offseason surgery and a concussion suffered last month. On Sunday, Boyd threw a 20-pitch bullpen off the mound in his first job because he felt sore during a live batting practice session.