A busy ninth inning on Saturday did not give the Giants a win. But it will be quite expensive in the long run.
A day after Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford collided in the wrong frame, Longoria was put on the injured list with a left shoulder sprain. An injury expected to take him around four to six weeks, The Giants recalled Triple-A infielder Thairo Estrada to take over Longoria’s roster.
Manager Gabe Kapler had a murky tone during his pre-game press conference. And it’s easy to see why Longoria is one of the most indispensable players on the list. An intermediate bat who played an elite defensive line at third base and destroyed a dedicated left-handed throw, Longoria was hitting .280/.376 .516 through 50 games with nine homers. He is now 1.7 WAR and overtakes NL third baseman with wRC+ at 146.
“It was very difficult, it was an emotional moment after the game for Longo for all of us,” Kapler said. He has great patience for playing plates. Played excellent defensively and was one of the core and leaders of this club. It will be a major challenge to fill his shoes. I’m not sure we will ‘Will be able to let anyone in and do what he’s doing. meanwhile We have to turn the page and get ready for the race. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Kapler cites Wilmer Flores and Jason Vosler as their first picks to fill in, with Estrada tearing up Triple-A, a possibility too, with Mauricio Dubon being their best defensive defender. in third place and can help On Sunday, though, he started for Brandon Crawford, which was fine after the odd play, Kapler said.
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The clash took place between two of the stronger position players on the list, Longoria at 6ft 1 and 213 pounds and Crawford at 6ft 1,223 pounds. Both fell hard. But Crawford quickly stood up and began to collect himself. As Longo Li rolled onto his back before being examined by the Instructor. He left the game after the game.
Longoria, Crawford and Buster Posey are the toughest replacements for the Giants, and Kapler will now be without one for at least a month. In a season full of major injury problems in the league The Giants have been in dire straits that cost their key players a week or two each time. But this will be their biggest challenge so far.
There was no sugar coating, but Kapler knew he had a group with enviable depth and did a good job moving on from injury.
“We will keep the next idea,” Kapler said.
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