Austin avoids IL after right elbow MRI

April 14th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants got good news on on Sunday morning, as the 27-year-old outfielder managed to avoid a trip to the injured list after his MRI came back clean.

Austin had the exam done on Saturday after experiencing right elbow discomfort while making throws from the outfield before Friday’s game. Austin tested his elbow by playing catch and taking swings on Sunday, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would be available off the bench against the Rockies.

“I think it was kind of during the throws from the outfield when I noticed it the most,” Austin said. “It’s progressively gotten better.”

Austin, who was acquired from the Twins on Monday, has not played much outfield in the Majors, but he figures to get most of his starts in left field against left-handed pitchers with the Giants. He has gone 3-for-9 with two walks and one RBI over his first four games with the club.

Bochy said he expects Austin to resume his early work in the outfield following Monday’s off-day.

The Giants flew in catcher Aramis Garcia from Salt Lake City and had him ready on Sunday in case Austin needed more time to recover from his elbow injury.