The Giants’ most durable player and first-half MVP is on the 10-day injured list before a crucial stretch of the game.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford was diagnosed with a mild left oblique strain and will be in remission for the next 10 to 14 days due to the injury.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Crawford realized the skew problem on his final swing in St. Louis on Sunday and had an MRI Monday in Los Angeles. Infielder Thyro Estrada will play in place of Crawford at shortstop for Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers and Kapler said Estrada will get most of the starts in the position while Crawford is out.
The Giants recalled infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Crawford’s roster, but Vosler is not seen as a potential replacement at shortstop. Instead, second baseman Donovan Solano will provide depth behind Estrada.
Kapler said the decision to call in Vosler instead of Mauricio Dubon, who played shortstop for the Giants this year, shows the team’s confidence in Estrada. Since arriving via a trade with the New York Yankees in April, Estrada has provided quality batting in Triple-A and forced his way to the majors, hitting .385 with 1.057 OPS in 37 games.
In 31 at-bats with the Giants this year, Estrada has hit 10 including a double and a Grand Slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month.
Kapler said that Crawford, who has played more than 85% of the Giants’ games in each of the past nine seasons, was actually disappointed to be included in the injured list, especially as the club plays seven games against the Dodgers in the next 10. day.