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Slater's hip OK; Bumgarner set for rehab start

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Austin Slater, who has been a bright spot in the team's lineup this season, underwent an MRI on Monday that showed no structural damage.

Slater left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hip flexor and was available to pinch-hit Monday or Tuesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Slater could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Austin Slater, who has been a bright spot in the team's lineup this season, underwent an MRI on Monday that showed no structural damage.

Slater left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hip flexor and was available to pinch-hit Monday or Tuesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Slater could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.

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Since he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, Slater is hitting .324 (23-61 AB) with a pair of homers and 12 RBIs. Bochy has turned to him consistently since his promotion. He started 16 of the last 17 games in left field. But overall, San Francisco has had inconsistency in the left-field spot this year; the team has used 12 left fielders, most in the Majors.

Madison Bumgarner threw three innings (35 pitches) of no-hit ball Sunday for the Giants' Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. He was back in the Giants' clubhouse Monday and will make his first rehab start Friday at Triple-A Sacramento.

"He's coming along fine," Bochy said. "There's no setbacks."

• Bochy said left fielder Jarrett Parker is continuing to progress. The Giants placed him on the 60-day DL while recovering from right clavicle surgery in April.

"He's doing his rehab and getting his at-bats. ... We'll have to make a call if he's ready," Bochy said. "If he's not, we may have to extend it."

• Bochy said the team won't make a change to its rotation, despite starter Matt Moore's recent struggles. In Sunday's loss to the Mets, Moore allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Moore has a 6.04 ERA, tops among NL starters.

"I think right now we're better off pitching him," Bochy said. "He was so good in Atlanta. It's really I think important to keep him going. ... There's no health issues involved. I think he's really close. I do."

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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