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  • Austin Slater Suffers Strained Hamstring

    Giants outfielder Austin Slater has suffered a strained hamstring, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters, including Evan Webeck of Mercury News. It’s not known yet how this injury affects Slater’s status for Opening Day, now just 12 days away. Slater’s injury is another blow to the Giants’ outfield depth chart, with Mitch Haniger already recovering from…

    Mar 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Austin Slater
  • Austin Slater Going For MRI On Calf

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Slater (calf) is getting an MRI exam on Friday for his calf injury. Slater was removed from Thursday's Cactus League game early as a precautionary measure with a left-calf cramp. We'll have a better idea of when he might be able to return to the spring lineup after his MRI, but this doesn't seem like a very serious injury. The 30-year-old has also dealt with right elbow neuritis in camp and has played in just three games, going 2-for-9 with a double, four RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases in 11 plate appearances. Speed is probably Slater's biggest asset in deep-mixed and NL-only leagues, but he'll have limited upside in an outfield platoon role against left-handed pitching.

    Mar 17 · Source via Giants Austin Slater
  • Austin Slater Removed From Thursday's Game

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Slater (calf) was forced to exit early during Thursday's Cactus League contest. It sounds like he was pulled due to calf tightness, so it doesn't sound too serious. It's worth noting that Slater has also been dealing with a nerve issue in his elbow. The expectation is that Slater should be fine going forward, but he might miss a few days due to this calf injury. He doesn't have great upside in terms of fantasy value, but could be worth a look in NL-only formats because of his speed.

    Mar 16 · Source via Giants Austin Slater
  • Sergio Romo Signs Non-Roster Deal With Giants For Likely Final Appearance

    Veteran reliever Sergio Romo has signed with the Giants on a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to Spring Training, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. According to Baggarly, the plan is for Romo to pitch in the team’s Bay Bridge exhibition against the A’s at Oracle Park towards the end of Spring…

    Mar 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Sergio Romo
  • Sergio Romo Signs Minor-League Deal With Giants

    The San Francisco Giants agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent relief pitcher Sergio Romo on Thursday that will include an invite to major-league spring training. If all goes according to plan, the Giants will work with Romo to build up his arm strength to appear in a couple exhibition games before calling it a career. The 40-year-old right-hander said he hasn't done anything since last September. Romo will return to the team that he won three World Series championships with, spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants. In his 15-year career, Romo had a 3.21 ERA (3.33 FIP), 1.05 WHIP, 137 saves and a 27 percent strikeout rate in 722 2/3 innings pitched in the regular season.

    Mar 16 · Source via Giants Sergio Romo
  • Thairo Estrada Having Lackluster Spring

    San Francisco Giants infielder Thairo Estrada isn't enjoying the success this spring he had during the season in 2022. Estrada is hitting .222/.300/.611. The .611 slugging percentage is a nice yet unsustainable number, as all four of his hits this spring have gone for extra bases. He has one home run with three RBI, two doubles and a triple. The utility man has been playing second and short for the Giants this spring, hitting near the top of the lineup. He'll most likely stick to second base unless he's giving shortstop Brandon Crawford a breather, and he could hit second to begin the year. He was surprisingly helpful to fantasy squads last season, hitting 14 home runs, scoring 71 runs and driving in 62 over 140 games. Estrada may be hard-pressed to top those numbers, and his 193.3 ADP reflects that.

    Mar 15 · Source via Giants Thairo Estrada
  • Marco Luciano Optioned To Minor League Camp

    San Francisco Giants shortstop prospect Marco Luciano has been reassigned to minor league camp. A stress fracture in his back prevented the talented shortstop from participating in the Cactus League, but he is now healthy. The 21-year-old out of the Dominican Republic was added to the 40-man roster this offseason and is universally a Top-20 prospect. This past season, Luciano hit .269 with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 65 games between Rookie Ball and High-A. Despite starting the season in the minor leagues, Luciano's potential should help Giants fans get over the Carlos Correa offseason situation when he makes it to the show, likely in 2024. For now, Luciano is a must roster in dynasty formats, but managers in redraft leagues can avoid him for now.

    Mar 15 · Source via Giants Marco Luciano prospects
  • Ronald Guzmán Diagnosed With Pronator Strain

    Ronald Guzmán of the Giants recently underwent an MRI after experiencing some forearm discomfort. The team provided an update to reporters today, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle among those to relay the information. Guzmán has a left pronator strain but will not require surgery. Slusser later got an update from Guzmán himself,…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Ronald Guzman
  • Logan Webb Named Opening Day Starter

    San Francisco Giants right-hander Logan Webb will start the team's Opening Day contest against the New York Yankees on the road. Right-hander Alex Cobb will pitch the second game, while manager Gabe Kapler said the rest of the rotation is still being sorted out. Nobody should be surprised by Webb getting the Opening Day nod after he had a career-best 2.90 ERA (3.03 FIP), 1.16 WHIP and 20.7 percent strikeout rate in 192 1/3 innings over 32 starts in his fourth year with the team. The 26-year-old should be considered a top-30 fantasy starter in upcoming drafts. Webb finds success not by overpowering hitters, but by using pinpoint location and movement on his pitches. It helps that he resides in a very pitcher-friendly home park.

    Mar 14 · Source via Giants Logan Webb
  • Luis Gonzalez To Miss Half The Season

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) is undergoing surgery on Tuesday to fix a herniated disc in his lower back. It's an estimated 16-week recovery timetable, so he'll miss at least half of the 2023 season. However, there's optimism that Gonzalez will finally put the issue behind him. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was limited to 98 games with the Giants in his third year in the big leagues in 2022, and he hit .254/.323/.360 with a .683 OPS, four home runs, 36 RBI, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 350 plate appearances. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues can ignore Gonzalez for now.

    Mar 14 · Source via Giants Luis Gonzalez
  • Blue Jays Notes: Stripling, Jansen, Kirk, Tiedemann

    Ross Stripling played two and a half campaigns in Toronto after being acquired from the Dodgers in a 2020 deadline trade. The right-hander had a quality second full season as a Blue Jay, throwing 134 1/3 innings of 3.01 ERA ball over 32 outings (24 starts) last year. It was a well-timed return to his…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Diamondbacks Giants Chris Bassitt Brandon Belt Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Danny Jansen Alejandro Kirk Alek Manoah Gabriel Moreno Ross Stripling Ricky Tiedemann Daulton Varsho prospects
  • David Villar Dealing With Hip-Flexor Strain

    San Francisco Giants third baseman David Villar's (hip) MRI exam revealed a mild hip-flexor strain. He will continue to be re-evaluated on a daily basis. Villar was scratched from the team's Cactus League lineup this weekend and remains out to begin the week. However, he's being listed as day-to-day and should be able to return to spring action before long. The 26-year-old made his major-league debut with the Giants last year and slashed .231/.331/.455 with a .787 OPS, nine home runs, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored in 181 plate appearances over 52 games. There's nothing really that stands out about Villar's offensive or defensive profile, making him mostly a target at the hot corner for depth in NL-only leagues.

    Mar 13 · Source via Giants David Villar
  • Brandon Crawford Being Shut Down For A Week

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) is experiencing left knee discomfort and will be shut down for one week in spring training. It's not a great sign for a player that his 36 years old, and there's a chance he may not be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. If Crawford isn't ready for the start of the regular season, Thairo Estrada could open the year as the Giants' starter at the 6. Crawford also missed time last summer with knee inflammation, so this is something to keep an eye on. At this point of his career, Crawford can't be counted on for much offensive production after he slashed .231/.308/.344 with a career-low .652 OPS, nine home runs, 52 RBI and 50 runs scored in 458 plate appearances and 118 games in 2022.

    Mar 13 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford
  • Ronald Guzman Pulled From Sunday's Game

    San Francisco Giants infielder/pitcher Ronald Guzman (forearm) was pulled out of Sunday's Cactus League matchup due to injury. Guzman threw a wild pitch to the backstop and immediately bent down in pain afterwards. Manager Gabe Kapler mentioned that Guzman felt something in his forearm on the final pitch that he threw. The expectation is that the organization is going to have Guzman undergo further testing. Hopefully, this injury is minor, but fantasy managers will have to check back for more updates on his status.

    Mar 12 · Source via Giants Ronald Guzman
  • Alex Cobb Diagnosed With Knee Contusion

    San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (knee) was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he took a hard line drive off his knee in the team's Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. When he initially went down, he was in so much pain that he thought his season might be over. Luckily, tests came back negative and it's possible that he won't miss any spring starts. The 35-year-old dodged a bullet on Saturday and should be just fine for Opening Day. Cobb went 7-8 with a 3.73 ERA (2.80 FIP), 1.30 WHIP and 23.9 percent walk rate in 28 starts (149 2/3 innings) in his first year in the Bay Area in 2022. There are injury concerns, but he pitches in a great ballpark and has a secure spot in the rotation. Cobb is a decent end-game target as a streamer in deep mixed leagues.

    Mar 11 · Source via Giants Alex Cobb
  • Mitch Haniger Uncertain For Opening Day

    San Francisco Giants outfielderMitch Haniger(oblique) may not be ready for Opening Day, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Haniger suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain on Friday during an at-bat. The 32-year-old has had an injury-plagued career, and this is the latest setback for him. He was signed by the Giants this offseason after an injury-abbreviated 2022 with the Seattle Mariners. Haniger hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs over 247 plate appearances last season. He was set to be the Giants' right fielder in 2023. RotoBaller has him ranked as the 171st player, but another injury could hurt that ranking in the future.

    Mar 11 · Source via Giants Mitch Haniger
  • Mitch Haniger Considered Day-To-Day

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Mitch Haniger (oblique) is considered day-to-day after suffering an injury ahead of Friday's Cactus League matchup. The right-handed slugger was scratched from the lineup earlier in the day for unknown reasons. It appears Haniger is dealing with oblique tightness, which could hold him out for a few days, according to manager Gabe Kapler. The 32-year-old only managed to play 57 games last season, so hopefully he can stay healthy in 2023. The Giants signed Haniger to a significant three-year deal over the offseason. Hopefully, this is a minor issue and Haniger returns to the lineup soon.

    Mar 10 · Source via Giants Mitch Haniger
  • Michael Conforto Playing The Outfield Thursday

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) is playing the outfield in a Cactus League game on Thursday for the first time since 2021. He's officially starting in right field and batting leadoff against the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Freddy Peralta. Conforto's shoulder rehab has gone well in spring training, so he'll be a real option for the Giants in right field for the regular season. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger missed all of 2022 after having shoulder surgery, but he appears to be fully healthy now and will be a regular in his first year in the Bay Area. Conforto is tough to project coming off the injury, but he could be a good bet to hit 15 to 20 homers for the Giants and fantasy managers if he can stay healthy.

    Mar 9 · Source via Giants Michael Conforto
  • Kyle Harrison Gets Rocked In Second Spring Start

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher prospect Kyle Harrison got lit up in his second start of the spring on Tuesday versus the Cincinnati Reds. After struggling in his first start by allowing three hits on two runs over an inning, Harrison didn't fare better Tuesday afternoon by allowing five runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The former third-round pick in 2020, Harrison rapidly climbed the Top-100 board entering 2023. The lefty excelled last season between High-A and Double-A with a 2.71 ERA to go along with 186 strikeouts and 49 walks over 113 innings. With a plus fastball and slider, Harrison's development of his changeup this past season has completed his arsenal. Harrison, 21, is unlikely to break camp with the Giants, but with starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood and Sean Manaea all having injury histories and the Giants potentially in a youth movement, Harrison could make his debut in 2023 at some point. For now, he's a name for dynasty managers to consider and redraft managers can ignore him for now.

    Mar 7 · Source via Giants Kyle Harrison prospects
  • Luis Gonzalez Preparing For Opening Day

    San Francisco Giants outfielderLuis Gonzalez(back) hopes to be ready by Opening Day. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a lower back strain, with a 4-6 week timeline. He expects to be available by Opening Day, assuming he recovers well. Gonzalez spent his first full season in left and right field but has yet to have a starting spot for 2023. He peaked in May when he slashed .368/.410/.500 through 28 games, but he never found his footing after that. Aside from a mediocre final two months of the season, his bat mostly derailed. The Giants hope to stabilize his bat and develop some power. Once Gonzales returns, he will likely serve as outfield depth, with the possibility of making the starting lineup.

    Mar 5 · Source via Giants Luis Gonzalez
  • Giants Notes: Luciano, Wade, Pederson

    Marco Luciano hit .269/.350/.467 over 257 combined plate appearances in rookie ball and high-A ball in 2022, a solid performance that was marred by over two months lost to the injured list due to a lower back strain.  To combat the back issues that have hampered him more than once during his career, Luciano told…

    Mar 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Marco Luciano Joc Pederson LaMonte Wade prospects
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