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Giants lose Slater to recurring hip flexor issue

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A bad night turned worse for the Giants in the eighth inning of Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Marlins when rookie outfielder Austin Slater hurt his right hip flexor for the second time in two weeks.

Slater was racing to first base to try to beat out an infield grounder when the injury flared up, forcing him to pull up before the bag. He needed to be helped off the field.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A bad night turned worse for the Giants in the eighth inning of Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Marlins when rookie outfielder Austin Slater hurt his right hip flexor for the second time in two weeks.

Slater was racing to first base to try to beat out an infield grounder when the injury flared up, forcing him to pull up before the bag. He needed to be helped off the field.

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"Right before I got to the bag, I felt it pull a little bit," Slater said.

Slater is scheduled to get an MRI on Saturday, but manager Bruce Bochy said he's going to be heading to the disabled list.

"He's going to be out for a little while," Bochy said. "That's a bad break for the kid and for us -- he was doing a nice job out there. He's going to be down for a little while. I can't tell you how long, but he'll be on the DL."

Slater previously hurt his hip June 25, but the MRI he got then came back negative and he was only out of the lineup for two days. Bochy said Slater hadn't been complaining about the injury for a bit, but Slater said he had been getting treatment and "casual maintenance" on it since.

Slater had been one of the few bright spots in a rough first half for the Giants, batting .290 with three homers and 13 RBIs and playing well in the outfield. But with a recurring injury, Bochy and the Giants are preparing for Slater to be out of the lineup.

"The second time, when you reinjure that same area, it usually takes a little bit longer," Bochy said. "I hope that's not the case, but in my experience, that's been the case."

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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