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Revolving door: Giants get Yaz back, lose Dickerson to IL

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Once again, it was one step forward, one step back for the banged-up Giants. 

Mike Yastrzemski was activated off the 10-day IL before the start of a three-game series with the San Diego Padres, but he took the roster spot of another key bat. Alex Dickerson has a bone bruise in his right shoulder and will go on the IL. Manager Gabe Kapler said there aren't any long-term concerns with Dickerson, who didn't play much during the Colorado Rockies series, but the bruise was impacting his swing. 

"We're hopeful that this is just going to be the 10 days (on the IL) and we'll be fine," Kapler said. "Obviously we can't predict exactly how this goes, but my instinct is that he'll be ready after the 10-day period."

That wasn't all for a team that seemingly has two to three roster moves a day. Left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia returned from an IL stint with a groin strain, taking the roster spot vacated when Joey Bart returned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. The Giants will also activate Kevin Gausman (vaccine reaction) on Saturday and Johnny Cueto (lat strain) on Sunday, with both players starting against the Padres, so they'll need two more moves.

Kapler said he wasn't ready to say which pitcher will be taken out of the rotation when Cueto returns, but it seems likely it would be Logan Webb, who initially lost his spot, only to return to the rotation after just one relief appearance. The Giants are desperate for reliable right-handed help in the late innings, and one option, Reyes Moronta, won't be back anytime soon.

 

Moronta had an MRI on his right elbow this week and Kapler said the scans looked good. Still, he was diagnosed with a mild sprained ligament, which will keep him out at least a few more weeks. 

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The best way to help the bullpen at this point might be to simply have starters last longer, and Cueto should be a big part of that. He went 8 2/3 innings in his second start of the season and was headed for another long one when his lat flared up. 

"I'm looking forward to Johnny being back," said Buster Posey, who is in the lineup two days after hamstring tightness. "Obviously he's a guy that can give a team a lot of different looks. He knows how to pitch, he's been doing it a long time. It'll be a boost for us, for sure."

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