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Good news, bad news: Giants get Solano back, lose Flores to IL

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Wilmer Flores, Donovan Solano

The Giants got one second baseman back Wednesday, but lost another.

Donovan Solano came off the IL after a lengthy stint with a calf strain, but Wilmer Flores took his spot on the IL after an MRI revealed a right hamstring strain. Flores came out of Tuesday night's game while running the bases, just as Solano and Tommy La Stella have already this season.

Solano hasn't played since April 21, when he pulled up while running from second to third against the Philadelphia Phillies.

He immediately came out of the game and an MRI confirmed what the Giants called a "mild" calf strain. At the time, Solano was hitting .300 with a .333 on-base percentage and four doubles.

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After nearly a month of rehab at Oracle Park, Solano played two games with Triple-A Sacramento. He was supposed to play nine innings for them Tuesday night but the Giants decided in the afternoon -- a few hours before Flores' injury -- that Solano should instead join them in Cincinnati.

The timing couldn't be better for Solano's return. The Giants announced Tuesday afternoon that Tommy La Stella (hamstring) has been placed on the 60-day IL and won't be eligible to return until July 2, and then Flores got hurt going from first to third.

Solano also gets back just in time for the first series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which will take place Friday through Sunday at Oracle Park.

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