Austin Slater suffers hip injury, will go on disabled list Saturday

Austin Slater suffers hip injury, will go on disabled list Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO -- This brutal first half has claimed one of the lone bright spots of this 2017 season. 

Austin Slater was removed in the eighth inning of Friday's loss with a right hip injury and he'll get an MRI on Saturday morning. The Giants do not have an exact timetable at the moment, but they know enough that Bruce Bochy could state right away that Slater will go on the disabled list.

"He's going to be down for a little while," Bochy said. 

Slater was understandably down, and he said this injury was worse than the tightness that hampered him at times over the past couple of weeks. He had continued to get treatment on the hip but said it wasn't a big issue. While running out a grounder in the eighth, Slater felt pain. He immediately grabbed at his right leg as he tried to stop himself before the bag. He was helped off the field by first base coach Jose Alguacil and trainer Dave Groeschner. 

"Right before I got to the bag I felt it pull a little bit," Slater said. 

Slater is batting .290 with three homers through his first 100 at-bats and he's been a strong defender in left field. He looked poised to play every day in the second half and try to permanently win that left field job, but the indications Friday night were that he could miss significant time. 

The Giants will replace Slater before Saturday's game. Jarrett Parker, who is on a rehab assignment, and Mac Williamson are the top 40-man roster options, and thus most likely. If Slater is to miss extended time, the Giants could at some point give a look to Chris Shaw, their top outfield prospect. Shaw has eight homers in 37 games for the River Cats, but the original plan called for him to spend the rest of the season in Triple-A. 

Giants like video of Julian Edelman saying he hates the Dodgers


Giants like video of Julian Edelman saying he hates the Dodgers

Julian Edelman has become a star wide receiver for the New England Patriots, but he will always stay true to his Bay Area roots. 

Edelman has naturally become a Boston Red Sox fan and will be cheering for them in the World Series. He also has a dream scenario for this year's Fall Classic. 

"I hate the Dodgers," Edelman said to reporters on Friday. "I hate the Dodgers. I mean, I'm a San Francisco guy. It's like Boston-New York diet over there. I hope they do make it and the Sox pound 'em." 

The Giants' season may be over, but that doesn't mean their rivalry with the Dodgers is. The team was big fans of  Edelman's comments and even liked the video on Twitter. 

Edelman grew up in Redwood City and starred as a quarterback at Woodside High School. After high school, he played one year at the College of San Mateo where he threw for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air while rushing for a school record 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

The Dodgers play the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. PT looking to face the Red Sox in the World Series.

Giants Review: Casey Kelly finds success in late season call-up


Giants Review: Casey Kelly finds success in late season call-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Few players on the Giants roster have a background to match Casey Kelly’s. The right-hander was a first-rounder in 2008 and made Baseball America’s Top 100 list four times, peaking at No. 24. 

Kelly never lived up to that hype, but in 2018, he finally found some big league success. Playing for his third big league team, Kelly had a 3.04 ERA in seven appearances for the Giants. That’s enough to get your own story in this end-of-season look at the 2018 team.

Here are the highs and lows from Kelly’s first year with the organization … 

What Went Right

Kelly earned an August promotion by consistently going deep into games in Triple-A, with a bunch of dominant starts mixed in. He had six appearances of at least seven innings with the River Cats, allowing five total runs in those starts. At the time of his call-up, Kelly led the Pacific Coast League in innings pitched. 

He earned a big league start by going five scoreless relief innings in his Giants debut. Kelly became just the third pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to throw at least five innings of relief in his team debut, joining Don Larsen and John Montefusco. His first start came six days later, and he pitched in front of his father, the bench coach for the Reds. 

What Went Wrong

That first Giants start didn’t quite go as hoped. Kelly allowed just one run over 4 1/3, but gave up nine hits as the Giants lost as part of a crushing sweep. Overall, nothing really jumped off the page. He had a 1.39 WHIP in the majors and his strikeout rate (6.1) was low.

Kelly works quickly, but his stuff is no longer dominant. Those sharp minor league starts were matched by plenty of clunkers. Kelly had a 4.76 ERA overall with the River Cats. 

Contract Status

Kelly initially signed a minor league contract with the Giants. 

The Future

If you remember Kelly the super-prospect, it might be shocking to know he still is just 29. He heads into the offseason with no obvious path to early playing time with the Giants. Their rotation is somewhat deep, and they’ll either bring Derek Holland back or add in free agency.

Kelly has been a reliever in the past, but the Giants don’t really view him that way, so it seems likely that he’ll be jettisoned off the 40-man roster this offseason as the team clears spots for younger prospects. Still, he could be back.

Kelly is exactly the kind of pitcher you love to have on your Triple-A club, and if he’s willing to accept that role again, the Giants could use him on a River Cats squad that doesn’t have any starting depth.