Wednesday, September 28, 2022

SF Giants’ Kris Bryant out of game in first innings after rain delay in Atlanta

ATLANTA – After a 35-minute rain delay in the first innings on Friday night, Giants starter Kevin Gossman returned to the mound at Truist Park, but third baseman Kris Bryant did not remain in the game.

Bryant lined up Braves right fielder George Soler in the top of the first inning and played defense at the bottom of the frame, but Bryant did not return to the field after the umpiring crew stopped play due to heavy rain.

The Giants did not immediately announce why Bryant was taken out of the game, but expect the club to provide an update on Bryant’s condition when Bryant is available.

Bryant’s early exit required Giants manager Gabe Kapler to alter his defense as left fielder Darin Roof moved into first base, first baseman Wilmer Flores moved across the diamond to replace Bryant in third and Lamonte. Wade Jr. entered the game in left field.

Bryant did not start Tuesday’s game against the Mets in New York as Kapler said the club wanted him to take one day off, but did not specify whether Bryant was suffering from an injury. The former Cubs star recorded each of the Giants’ 3-2 wins at the Mets on Wednesday and Thursday and has six home runs since joining San Francisco on a trade deadline.

The versatile slugger has suffered hamstring sprains several times over the past two months and has taken a few days off due to injury with both the Cubs and the Giants. It is unclear whether Bryant’s hamstrings were bothering him during Friday’s game at Truist Park.

Bryant’s departure from Friday’s game leaves San Francisco without several key hitters against Atlanta starter Max Fried. Third baseman Ivan Longoria (right arm injury) is on a 10-day injured list, while infielder Donovan Solano was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus in New York.

First baseman Brandon Belt is also away from the club as he was placed on the bereavement list on Thursday to return to Texas to attend funeral services for his maternal grandfather, Margaret Peterson.

The Giants got a crucial part of their lineup back on Friday as catcher Buster Posey opened a two-run first innings total in right field against Fried after missing each of the last two games with a left knee pain. Posey’s home run came on a 3–0 pitch and was only the third 3–0 home run of his major league career.

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