Giants injuries and roster moves

October 5th, 2022

This page will be updated throughout the offseason as the Giants prepare their roster for 2023. Players on the 60-day IL will have to be added back onto the 40-man roster after the World Series.

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LHP Carlos Rodón
Expected return
: 2023
Rodón was scheduled to make his final start of the year on Tuesday against the Padres, but the Giants decided to shuffle their pitching plans after the 29-year-old lefty fell ill. No injury was listed for Rodón, who logged a 2.88 ERA with 237 strikeouts over 178 innings in 31 starts this year. (Last updated: Oct. 4)

3B Evan Longoria (right thumb fracture)
Expected return: 2023
Longoria broke his right thumb after attempting to field a sharply hit grounder that took a bad hop in the Giants' 4-3 win over the D-backs at Oracle Park on Oct. 2, leading to his fourth IL stint of the year. Longoria said he knew his finger was fractured right away, though he won't require surgery and expects the injury to heal in four to six weeks. (Last updated: Oct. 3)

LHP Thomas Szapucki (right hip strain)
Expected return: 2023
Szapucki, who was acquired from the Mets as part of the Darin Ruf trade on Aug. 2, landed on the 15-day injured list with the hip issue on Oct. 3. The 26-year-old lefty appeared in 10 games with San Francisco prior to getting hurt, logging a 1.98 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 13 2/3 innings. (Last updated: Oct. 3)

RHP Logan Webb (low back strain)
Expected return: 2023
After being eliminated from postseason contention on Oct. 1, the Giants decided to shut down Webb for the rest of the season to try to preserve his arm heading into next year. Webb finished his fourth season in the Majors with career bests in most categories, including starts (32), innings (192 1/3), wins (15), ERA (2.90) and strikeouts (163).

"We're just sort of balancing what we need this season and protecting Webby for subsequent seasons," manager Gabe Kapler said. (Last updated: Oct. 2)

OF Luis González (low back strain)
Expected return: 2023
González went on the 10-day injured list on Sept. 24, a day after he was removed from a win over the D-backs in the sixth inning. The 27-year-old rookie outfielder was on the IL for the same ailment from June 23-July 8, and it had been a lingering issue down the stretch. Manager Gabe Kapler said the decision was made to place Gonzalez on the IL to "protect him and get him ready for '23." González batted .254/.323/.360 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 98 games for the Giants this season. (Last updated: Sept. 24)

INF Tommy La Stella (neck spasms)
Expected return: 2023
La Stella was placed on the 10-day IL on Sept. 12, his third IL visit of 2022. The veteran has batted .245 in 136 games during his two seasons with the Giants. (Last updated: Sept. 12)

60-day IL

LHP Alex Wood (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return: 2023
Wood, 31, was transferred to the 60-day IL on Oct. 3 with the impingement, an issue that sidelined him for the final month of the regular season. He didn't show enough progress to be cleared to resume throwing, so the Giants decided to shut him down for the rest of the year on Sept. 18. Wood logged a 5.10 ERA over 26 starts for San Francisco in 2022 and is expected to remain a core piece of the club's rotation next season. (Last updated: Oct. 3)

1B (right knee inflammation)
Expected return: 2023
Belt underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee on Sept. 3 in San Francisco. The procedure went smoothly and is expected to have a recovery period of eight to 10 weeks.

Belt has been hampered on and off by right knee issues since 2015, when he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He had another procedure in '18 to repair cartilage in the knee. Inflammation in the knee sidelined him earlier this season, forcing him to go under the knife for the third time in his career. The surgery will leave Belt's future in doubt, as the 34-year-old first baseman will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season. (Last updated: Sept. 3)

LHP José Álvarez (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return: 2023
Álvarez underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on Aug. 31 with Dr. Keith Meister and is now resting at his home in Florida. Before hurting his elbow, Álvarez had emerged as one of the Giants' most reliable left-handed relief options over the past two seasons, logging a 2.93 ERA over 88 appearances. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season, likely bringing an end to his tenure in San Francisco.

"I feel for him because what a dependable piece he was for us in 2021," manager Gabe Kapler said. "It's not going to surprise me to see him back in somebody's bullpen whenever he's through the Tommy John rehab because he's a strike-thrower and he knows how to do this. He's not a guy that relies on velo or anything like that. He' just a good piece of a Major League bullpen." (Last updated: Sept. 2)

RHP Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation)
Expected return:
2023
DeSclafani underwent season-ending surgery on his troublesome right ankle on July 12. DeSclafani said the procedure set a subluxed peroneal tendon in his drive ankle and is expected to have a recovery period of four to five months.

DeSclafani, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal over the offseason, was limited to only five starts this year due to persistent ankle pain, logging a 9.95 ERA over 19 innings. He visited Oracle Park in late August for a check-up with Giants doctors.

“Anthony worked really hard following last season to come to camp healthy and to be the best version that he could possibly be for the Giants,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I appreciate the work ethic and how much he gave to us. We know he’s going to give that same level of effort in this rehab process and the optimistic view is he’s going to come back as healthy as he’s been for the beginning of 2023.” (Last updated: Aug. 29)

RHP Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain)
Expected return:
2023
Llovera was expected to miss at least eight weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain in his forearm and Grade 1 sprain of his UCL on July 16. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on July 21 and is continuing to rehab in Arizona. (Last updated: Aug. 29)

RHP  (right groin strain)
Expected return: 2023
Santos was recalled by the Giants on Aug. 23 and placed on the 60-day injured list the same day, ending his season. He's the organization's 25th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, though the 22-year-old's big league success so far has been affected by control issues. (He's also walked 20 batters in 33 innings at Triple-A Sacramento.) Should Santos be able to refine his pitch location, he could very well prove to be a future electric late-innings guy in the Giants' bullpen. (Last updated: Aug. 23)

INF Donovan Walton (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return
: 2023
Walton was transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 21, effectively ending his 2022 campaign. Acquired from the Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect Prelander Berroa in May, Walton appeared in 24 games with the Giants this year, hitting .158 with a .482 OPS and one home run. (Last updated: Aug. 21)

INF Colton Welker (left shoulder surgery)
Expected return
: 2023
The Giants claimed Welker off waivers from the Rockies and immediately transferred him to the 60-day IL on July 8. Welker, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June, is a former fourth-round Draft pick with a .309/.364/.471 slash line over six Minor League seasons. The Giants will essentially pay him the Major League minimum to rehab for the rest of the year, a strategy that paid off with outfielder Luis González last season. (Last updated: July 8)

RHP Sam Delaplane (right forearm strain)
Expected return:
2023
Delaplane was recalled from Single-A San Jose on June 21 and he was immediately placed on the 60-day injured list with a right forearm strain. His last appearance for San Jose was on June 8, when he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, but he struck out the side in the one inning he pitched against Lake Elsinore. (Last updated: June 21)