SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants had made it three weeks into spring with hardly a single health problem of note, but it has become clear this week that they couldn’t dodge the injury bug forever.

The entire left-half of their projected Opening Day infield has been shut down, the club announced Monday, a day after an MRI revealed an oblique strain that put into question the availability of their highest-paid free-agent addition and one of their best stories of camp, a two-way player throwing 98 mph, left his outing with discomfort in his forearm.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford is dealing with discomfort in his left knee, the same one he injured on a slide into home plate last June. That injury forced him on to the injured list twice and cost a month of the season. He won’t participate in any baseball activities for the next week.

Third baseman David Villar, who was scratched from the Giants’ lineup Sunday, had an MRI that revealed a mild strain in his hip flexor. While manager Gabe Kapler said he only had “mild” concern regarding Villar’s availability for Opening Day, he also will miss at least the next few games. He’ll be re-evaluated daily, according to the club.

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Crawford and Villar join a growing group of sidelined players that includes Mitch Haniger (oblique), Ronald Guzmán (forearm), Luis González (back) and Thomas Szapucki (arm). Austin Slater, at least, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


SF Giants shut down Brandon Crawford with knee discomfort

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