The Giants' shortstop exited Tuesday's games with two sprained fingers on his right hand thanks to his headfirst slide on a steals attempt in the second inning. Manager Bruce Bochy said Crawford would miss a couple of games.
"He jammed them pretty good. They're swollen," Bochy said. "He couldn't get a good grip on the ball."
Crawford got hurt in the game that his double-play partner returned to the lineup. After missing six games with an injured left pinkie, second baseman Marco Scutaro collected two hits and made the plays on defense.
While Scutaro had two more hits and an RBI in the Giants' 4-2 win over San Diego on Wednesday, Crawford suffered a setback to his hand injury just by getting out of bed. When Crawford left the ballpark Tuesday night after jamming his right hand into second base on a steal attempt, X-rays were negative on what were deemed as sprained right index and middle fingers. But swelling in the fingers had increased significantly by Wednesday morning, prompting the Giants to declare Crawford would be available for only limited action such as pinch-running and bunting until at least Saturday.
Crawford got into Wednesday's series finale against the San Diego Padres as a pinch runner and scored one of the Giants' runs in a difference-making seventh inning. He will be replaced at shortstop by Joaquin Arias, a significantly weaker defensive player.
Crawford played in 68 of the Giants' first 69 games and had been one of the Giants' few healthy everyday players.
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RHP Chad Gaudin is missed in the Giants' bullpen, but no one's complaining. That's because he's filled in brilliantly for injured the Ryan Vogelsong in the club's starting rotation the past three weeks. Gaudin has been so good, nobody seems to have noticed that Vogelsong took a major step toward returning to the active roster when he got five pins removed from his pitching hand this week. The fact is, if Gaudin continues at his current pace, the Giants will have to consider other options when Vogelsong eventually returns to action. Gaudin wasn't great in his last start—Saturday in Atlanta—but the Giants were primed to improve to 3-0 in his starts before Sergio Romo blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Before that, Gaudin handcuffed two other quality opponents—the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks. In facing the Miami Marlins in the opener of a four-game series Thursday, he won't have history on his side. He's gotten shelled to the tune of 19 hits in 15 innings in two previous career starts against the Marlins, losing both.
SS Brandon Crawford suffered a setback to his hand injury just by getting out of bed Wednesday. When Crawford left the ballpark Tuesday night after jamming his right hand into second base on a steal attempt, X-rays were negative on what were deemed as sprained right index and middle fingers. But swelling in the fingers had increased significantly by Wednesday morning, prompting the Giants to declare Crawford would be available for only limited action such as pinch-running and bunting until at least Saturday. Crawford got into Wednesday's series finale against the San Diego Padres as a pinch runner and scored one of the Giants' runs in a difference-making seventh inning. He will be replaced at shortstop by Joaquin Arias, a significantly weaker defensive player.
CF Angel Pagan might return to the Giants' lineup as early as this weekend against the Miami Marlins if he's able to pass two more tests on his strained left hamstring. Those tests will come in the uniform of the Class A San Jose during games at Stockton on Thursday and Friday nights. Giants' manager Bruce Bochy announced before Wednesday's game that Pagan will play five innings Thursday and seven Friday. If all goes well, he will be considered for reinstatement to the active roster Saturday or Sunday, when the Giants will be finishing up a four-game homestand against the Marlins. Pagan suffered the injury May 25.
3B Pablo Sandoval won't have to drive far to complete the injury-rehab assignment manager Bruce Bochy is insisting upon before allowing the third baseman back on the active roster. Sandoval has been scheduled to play twice in San Jose, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, for Class A San Jose on Saturday and Sunday. The goal is to have Sandoval up to speed for the start of a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that starts Monday. Sandoval is eligible to come off the disabled list that day.
OF Juan Perez has been so good, at least a couple of Giants have to be a bit uncomfortable with their long-term prospects with the club. Perez clearly has surpassed Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres as the chief backup center fielder, currently a critical role being that the regular starter, Angel Pagan, is on the disabled list at least through the weekend. Perez is hitting .348 in eight games, but perhaps his most impressive play has come in the field at a position where Pagan (and others) have struggled. By throwing out San Diego Padres baserunners Monday and Tuesday nights, Perez immediately ascended to the team lead in outfield assists with an amazing four in his first seven games. Amazing? Yes. In 71 games, all other Giants outfielders have recorded five such assists this season. In fact, Perez's arm has been historically good. Four outfield assists in the first seven games of a major-league career was last accomplished in 1977 by Ken Landreaux of the then-California Angels.
RHP Ryan Vogelsong had a painful trip to the doctor Tuesday, but it was exactly what he was hoping for. An examination on his broken right (pitching) hand and pinkie finger produced good news. The healing process had advanced to the point where Vogelsong was able to get all five pins placed into his hand four weeks ago removed. The right-hander had the hand rewrapped in a soft cast after the procedure, something he hopes to be able to discard permanently during his next doctor's visit in two weeks or so. The initial two-month timetable on his return seems optimistic, but progress is being made.
"It comes from batting sixth or seventh. I said to myself, 'If I'm hitting sixth or seventh, I better drive in guys to the plate.'"—OF Gregor Blanco, a leadoff man most of his career, on his 25 RBIs this season.
SS Brandon Crawford (sprained right index and middle fingers) left the June 18 game. He will only be available for only limited action such as pinch-running and bunting until at least June 22.
3B Pablo Sandoval (strained left foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9. He might go on a brief rehab assignment, and he hopes to be activated June 24, the first day he's eligible to return.
CF Angel Pagan (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 28. An MRI revealed bursitis, and he received a cortisone shot May 29. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment late in the week of June 17-23, and he could be activated June 24.
RHP Santiago Casilla (right tibia cyst) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He had surgery May 28, and he doesn't expect to return before the All-Star break.
RHP Ryan Vogelsong (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 8. He underwent surgery May 21.
LHP Eric Surkamp (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 27. He began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on June 5.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Chad Gaudin
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
LHP Jose Mijares
RHP Jean Machi
RHP Sandy Rosario
RHP Jake Dunning
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Joaquin Arias
INF Tony Abreu
INF Nick Noonan
INF/C Hector Sanchez
LF Andres Torres
CF Juan Perez
RF Hunter Pence
OF Gregor Blanco