San Francisco rookie center fielder Steven Duggar is expected to miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury.
The Giants placed Duggar on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after an MRI revealed a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. He was injured Tuesday night in a game against Arizona when he slid headfirst into second base in a 1-0 win. Despite the injury, Duggar stayed in the game and scored the winning run in the ninth inning.
Manager Bruce Bochy announced the diagnosis Wednesday night after a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
“I’d like to be a bit hopeful here that it doesn’t [end his year], but he showed up really sore today, so obviously there’s concern about that with the time left in the season,” Bochy said, adding surgery was recommended. “I told Duggy that I really liked where he was with his game. The defense you guys saw, he’s exciting — the range he covers, the arm. Then with the bat, he really tightened up his swing, was throwing out good at-bats. You look at the last three games — he knocked in the winning runs and scored it yesterday. He was doing some really good things.”
Duggar, 24, made his major league debut on July 8. Since then, he has hit .255 with two homers and 17 RBIs with 11 doubles and five stolen bases in 41 games.
Outfielder Gregor Blanco was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take his spot on the roster.
In other injury news, right-hander Jeff Samardzija received a second opinion on his pitching shoulder and was advised to continue to rest the injury. Bochy said doctors didn’t find any structural damage found.
Samardzija, 33, is 1-5 with a 6.25 ERA in just 10 starts and 44 innings this year.
–Field Level Media