Injuries & Moves: Yastrzemski makes spring debut as DH

February 28th, 2024

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Feb. 28: OF returns to lineup
Yastrzemski has been limited in camp due to a left shoulder impingement, which cropped up when he began to ramp up his throwing in late December. He has been throwing every day this week, and out to 200 feet as of Wednesday. He has no restrictions on his hitting and appeared in his first Spring Training game Wednesday, going 0-for-2 with a walk. The Giants are confident he'll be ready to go for Opening Day.

Feb. 26: SS signed to Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training; LHP and LHP reassigned to Minors camp
Signed to a Minor League contract, Ahmed, the two-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop, had spent his entire 10-year career with the D-backs. Ahmed, who will turn 34 next month, lost almost all of the 2022 season to a right shoulder injury -- his throwing arm -- that required surgery.

“He’s been, at times, able to do it all,” Giants manager Bob Melvin said Monday. “I know the shoulder was an issue for him and he had it taken care of. It seems like he’s physically fit. We’ll probably not play him for a few days to let him get his legs under him a little bit and then get him into games. It’s nice to have a guy like him here.”

The Giants have no plans to play Ahmed anywhere else in the infield other than shortstop, where he’s played defensively his entire career other than two games.

“We have options everywhere else,” Melvin said. “We don’t need him to have the versatility-type role. Shortstop’s what he’s done, and he’s done it very well.”

INJURY UPDATES

RHP (right hand discomfort)
Expected return: TBD
Beck, who appeared in line to open the season as the club’s No. 5 starter, was sent back to San Francisco on Feb. 27 to be evaluated by team doctors. Beck, 27, had been slated to make his spring debut on Feb. 26, but the Giants decided to scratch him and have pitching prospect Mason Black start in his place. (Last updated: Feb. 27)

RHP (right elbow soreness)
Expected return: Opening Day
Winn reported mild elbow soreness after throwing a bullpen session, though an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. The 26-year-old right-hander began a throwing program on Feb. 26 and believes he'll still have enough time to build up to 70-80 pitches by Opening Day. (Last updated: Feb. 27)

RHP (left hip surgery)
Expected return: Before the 2024 All-Star break
Cobb will continue to throw bullpens this week as part of his rehab from left hip surgery on Oct. 31, which was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., that is expected to sideline him for six months. Cobb has resumed throwing off the mound and said he hopes to be close to facing batters by the end of Spring Training. He doesn't have an approximate timeline for a return, but he hopes to avoid the 60-day injured list and be back in action before the All-Star break.

Cobb dealt with a left hip impingement for much of the second half in 2023 and ended up being shut down with the injury in late September. He spent the first month of the offseason rehabbing and received multiple treatment therapies, but he decided to undergo surgery after seeking out a second opinion from Philippon. (Last updated: Feb. 26)

SS (right hamstring)
Expected return: Day to day
Luciano continues to be day to day, but he's trending toward making his Cactus League debut in the coming days. He took swings in the batting cage on Feb. 26. (Last updated: Feb. 26)

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Mid-March
Teng suffered the oblique injury while throwing a bullpen session at the beginning of camp, though he resumed a throwing progression on Feb. 22. As of Feb. 26, he’s throwing out to 90 feet this week. (Last updated: Feb. 26)

LHP (left shoulder soreness)
Expected return: Late February
Szapucki, who re-signed with the Giants on a Minor League deal as he works his way back from thoracic outlet surgery, missed the first week of camp with shoulder soreness, but he's resumed his throwing program and is currently throwing out to 90 feet. (Last updated: Feb. 23)

OF (right elbow arthroscopic surgery)
Expected return: Opening Day
Slater's throwing elbow has given him trouble for several years and previously limited him to designated hitter duties at the end of the 2020 season. He underwent right elbow surgery on Oct. 11, though the Giants expect him to be ready to go for Opening Day. Slater currently has no restrictions with his hitting and is nearing the end of his throwing program, as he's progressed to throwing out to 150 feet.

Slater, 31, batted .270 with a .748 OPS and five home runs over 89 games in 2023. (Last updated: Feb. 19)

LHP (left lat strain)
Expected return: Mid-March
Crawford, who is ranked the Giants' No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is expected to miss three to four weeks after hurting his lat while playing catch earlier this week. The Giants were hoping to get a long look at their 2022 first-round Draft pick this spring, but Crawford will spend the next few weeks resting and rehabbing before resuming his ramp-up on the mound.

Crawford was initially drafted as a two-way player, but he said he now plans to focus exclusively on pitching in an attempt to speed up his timeline to the Majors. More >> (Last updated: Feb. 14)

60-day injured list

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Second half
Ray is currently throwing three times a week and is progressing as scheduled, though he's still expected to be out until the second half of the 2024 season. The 32-year-old was acquired from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. (Last updated: Feb. 26)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: June or July
Warren signed a one-year, $755,000 contract with the Giants on Feb. 14, though he will be unavailable for most of the first half while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old is throwing out to 120 feet for the next two weeks, and he could help boost the Giants' bullpen once he's healthy. He recorded a 3.55 ERA over 32 career appearances for the Angels from 2021-23. (Last updated: Feb. 26)