4:50 p.m: Crawford provided some additional details to members of the media, including Slusser (Twitter links). He said his MRI showed his fatigue was worse than he thought, but he still expects to return after a minimal stint at IL. He also says that the Yastrzemsky bloodline is of the first degree, or the least severe.
4:30 p.m: The Giants announced a few roster moves ahead of tonight’s game, with San Francisco Chronicle’s Suzanne Slusser among those moving it Twitter. Outfielder Cal Stephenson and player Brett wisely They were called up from Triple-A to take points at shortstop Brandon Crawford And a defensive player Mike Yastrzemsky, who were placed on the injured list for 10 days. Crawford’s move, backdated to April 30, is due to a right calf strain while Yastrzemski deals with a left hamstring strain.
The club did not offer schedules for either player, but these moves would mean that the Giants would play for at least the next few periods without two of the team’s starting players. Crawford, 36, has been the club’s shortstop for over a decade now, taking over the role back in 2011. He has long been considered a solid defender and has had seasons where he has been above average performers on both sides of the ball. The most recent was 2021, where he hit .298/.373/.522 for a wRC+ of 138. Near the end of that season, with Crawford headed to the open market, he and the club agreed to a two-year, $32 million extension to keep him around.
Although the Giants eventually won 107 games that year, things have not gone so well since then, both for the club and for Crawford personally. 344 last year for a wRC+ of 87 while making multiple trips to the injured list, with the Giants ultimately finishing 81-81. 169/.244/.352 only for a WRC+ of 63 as the club churns out to a rough 11-16 start early on. He had calf tightness on Saturday and didn’t play in yesterday’s game.
As for Yastrzemski, he left yesterday’s game with a hamstring strain and was reported to be having an MRI, so it’s not surprising to see he’ll be resting a bit here. He’s had a bit of a bottom year at the plate in 2022, hitting .214/.305/.392 for a WRC+ of 99, but he’s off to a great start here in 2023. His current hitting streak is. 292/.333/.521, which translates to WRC+ of 131. This powerful stretch is now in play but has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time.
Taking their place would be wisely and Stevenson. The former has been up and down with the Giants several times already this season, but Stevenson will make his debut for the club whenever he enters a game. He was acquired from the Athletics two weeks ago but has been kept at Triple-A since then. He made his major league debut with the A’s last year but hit just .167/.261/.217 in 23 games. He has a much nicer hitting streak of .288/.392/.415 in Triple-A dating back to the beginning of 2022.
With Crawford sitting out yesterday’s game, he used the club Cerro Estrada In short and will probably keep him there for the time being. He got off to a solid start this year, hitting .346/.393/.529 while playing plenty of second base. His move should leave the cornerstone open to someone like David Villar, though he’s sitting on a line of .156/.258/.351 at the moment. An average of 174 runs batted in balls in action suggests a positive slope is imminent, but they may look at other options. There is, too Wilmer Flores, who has been primarily in corners this year but has plenty of second base experience in previous seasons. Wisely is primarily a kicker and could be in the mix to help out there, but he may also be needed in center field, helping cover alongside Yastrzemski. Austin Slater.