Injuries & Moves: Yaz exits with side tightness

June 21st, 2024

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June 20: OF departs with left side tightness
Yastrzemski started in right field in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals at Rickwood Field, but he was replaced by pinch-hitter Austin Slater in the top of the fourth inning after he felt his side tighten up on a swing. The Giants are hoping the issue isn't too serious and will reevaluate Yastrzemski following Friday's off-day in St. Louis.

"More so disappointed than anything," said Yastrzemski, who singled in his lone plate appearance in the second. "It felt like an atmosphere that I really wanted to be in the whole time. Unfortunately, I had to be as cautious as possible because it doesn't feel like it's potentially losing six weeks if I really did a ton of damage in there. Hopefully, there's not too much."

If Yastrzemski needs to miss time, the Giants could retain Tyler Fitzgerald, who was appointed the 27th man for Thursday's game, or call up Luis Matos from Triple-A Sacramento.

June 20: INF appointed 27th man
The Giants were allowed to add a position player to their roster as a 27th man for Thursday’s matchup against the Cardinals at Rickwood Field, prompting them to call up the versatile Fitzgerald, who has batted .273 with a .742 OPS and over 27 games with San Francisco this year.

According to manager Bob Melvin, San Francisco appealed to the league to activate first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. from the 10-day injured list for the one day, but they were declined.

If San Francisco activated Wade for Thursday and then needed to put him back on the IL, they would not be able to backdate his IL stint to May 28, the date it was retroactive to when he was initially placed on the IL.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

1B (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: Possibly late June
Wade injured the hamstring after sliding into second base for a double in the Giants' May 27 win over the Phillies, and an MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain. He landed on the 10-day injured list on May 28 and was expected to miss around four weeks.

Wade went through pregame baserunning, hitting and fielding drills on June 18 in Chicago and is expected to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Giants' roster. (Last updated: June 20)

LHP (left groin strain)
Expected return: Possibly late June
Snell was placed on the 15-day injured list with a left groin strain on June 3, a day after he exited in the middle of an at-bat in the fifth inning against the Yankees. It's the second time Snell has been placed on the IL this season, as he also missed 25 games with another left adductor strain in April. He threw a bullpen session at Oracle Park on June 15 and threw three ups and downs in another bullpen on June 18 that went well, according to Giants manager Bob Melvin. Snell's next step will be pitching in "some kind of a game," according to Melvin, but the team is still determining the details. (Last updated: June 19)

LHP (right ankle sprain)
Expected return: July
Harrison was scheduled to start against the Angels on June 16, but he was scratched after rolling his ankle while doing his weight room routine and placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to June 13. Harrison remained in San Francisco to rehab the injury as the Giants opened their road trip in Chicago. Harrison's injury is the latest blow for the Giants' starting rotation, which is already without veterans Blake Snell, Alex Cobb and Robbie Ray. (Last updated: June 17)

60-DAY IL

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Second half
Ray, who was acquired from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani on Jan. 5, gave up one run on two hits over 2 1/3 innings in his most recent Arizona Complex League start on June 18. The Giants have been pleased with his progress so far, but he likely won't be ready to join the starting rotation until around the All-Star break. (Last updated: June 20)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: June or July
Warren worked a scoreless inning in a rehab outing with Single-A San Jose on June 12 and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in one inning on June 15. He moved up to Triple-A Sacramento on June 18, tossing another scoreless inning in his first appearance for the River Cats. The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $755,000 contract with the Giants on Feb. 14 and could help boost the bullpen once he's healthy. Warren recorded a 3.55 ERA over 32 career appearances for the Angels from 2021-23. (Last updated: June 20)

RHP (left hip surgery)
Expected return: Second half
Cobb was progressing well in his rehab from offseason hip surgery, but he hit another setback when he felt mild shoulder irritation before throwing a bullpen session on April 16. Cobb, who was transferred to the 60-day injured list on April 20, attempted to resume throwing after that, but he was shut down again after continuing to experience soreness in his shoulder.

Cobb resumed a throwing progression after receiving some nerve medication and looked "really good" during a 25-pitch bullpen session at Oracle Park on June 11. He threw a 30-35 pitch bullpen session on June 14 and threw another bullpen on June 17 in San Francisco that went well. He likely won't be a candidate to rejoin the Giants' rotation until after the All-Star break. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (upper right arm aneurysm)
Expected return: Second half
Beck, 27, felt his hand go cold after throwing some bullpen sessions early in camp, prompting the Giants to send him back to San Francisco to be evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 27. He ended up visiting a vascular specialist at Stanford, who helped determine that an aneurysm -- an abnormal bulge or ballooning in the wall of a blood vessel -- was the source of the numbness. Beck was transferred to the 60-day injured list on March 3 and underwent surgery at Stanford the next day to address the issue.

Beck was cleared to resume full baseball activity after a follow-up appointment with Dr. Jason Lee on May 1. He started his mound progression and threw a bullpen session on June 17 in San Francisco that went well. Manager Bob Melvin said Beck is slated to throw several bullpens as he continues his progression. (Last updated: June 18)

LHP (moderate right oblique strain)
Expected return: Second half
Small is throwing out to 120 feet the week of June 17. He was acquired from the Brewers over the offseason and was in the running for a bullpen spot before sustaining the injury. (Last updated: June 17)

C (left knee sprain)
Expected return: July
Murphy felt a pop in his knee after going down to try to block a wild pitch in the second inning of the Giants' 14-3 loss to the Phillies on May 4 and was placed on the 10-day injured list the next day. An MRI exam revealed a Grade 1-2 sprain for Murphy, who is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 15 to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for fellow backstop Curt Casali. He has resumed taking batting practice in the cage and is throwing out to 110 feet.

Signed to a two-year, $8.25 million deal in December, Murphy hit .118 with one home run over his first 13 games with the Giants. (Last updated: June 14)

CF (left shoulder dislocation)
Expected return: 2025
Lee suffered a season-ending torn labrum in his left shoulder crashing into the center-field fence on May 12 and had surgery on June 4. The club considered the procedure a success and said the typical timeline for recovery is six months. (Last updated: June 4)