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Bochy laments injury costing Slater playing time

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SAN FRANCISCO -- If it's any comfort to Austin Slater, he certainly made a positive impression upon Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

The Giants confirmed earlier reports that Slater's torn right adductor muscle will sideline him for eight to 10 weeks -- just when the 25-year-old rookie had begun to establish himself in left field.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- If it's any comfort to Austin Slater, he certainly made a positive impression upon Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

The Giants confirmed earlier reports that Slater's torn right adductor muscle will sideline him for eight to 10 weeks -- just when the 25-year-old rookie had begun to establish himself in left field.

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In 29 games with the Giants, Slater compiled a slash line of .290/.343/.430 with three home runs, 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

"He made some noise," Bochy said Sunday. "He showed that he can hit Major League pitching in a small sample size, obviously. He had some good at-bats. He did a good job in left field. He's a smart kid and seems to figure out each level in a short time. He was doing that here."

Slater's injury continued an unsettling trend of injuries to Giants prospects -- including infielder Christian Arroyo, who's recovering from a broken hand.

"These kids are part of our future," Bochy said. "It's a tough break for them and us in the fact that we're not going to get a chance to give them some playing time."

• A stiff back kept catcher Buster Posey out of Sunday's lineup. He had mustered two hits in his previous 11 at-bats. Elected by fans to start Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, Posey faced the challenge of managing his discomfort through a long cross-country flight.

• Bochy named right-hander Johnny Cueto to start Friday in San Diego when the regular season resumes, followed Saturday by Madison Bumgarner -- assuming the left-hander responds with resilience to his Minor League injury rehabilitation start Monday with Class A Advanced San Jose.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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