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Giants' Solano likely to end up on IL with calf strain

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A calf injury cost the Giants a key run Wednesday, but it might end up hurting a lot more over the next few weeks. 

Donovan Solano suffered a right calf strain while running the bases in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies and manager Gabe Kapler said there's a "good chance" that Solano ends up on the Injured List. Calf strains are generally measured in weeks, not days. 

"He's going to miss some time," Kapler said.  

Solano was on second base in the sixth and looked like he would score easily on Alex Dickerson's two-out bloop to left, but he pulled up after a couple of steps and eased into third, where he immediately called for a trainer and took himself out of the game. 

Solano is batting .300 through 17 appearances. He got off to an extremely hot start but has lost some playing time to Tommy La Stella as the Giants have faced more right-handed starters. Still, Solano hits in the heart of the order when he's in the lineup, and he's often the first off the bench on double-switches when he's not. 

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Second base might be the deepest position on the roster, with La Stella and Wilmer Flores, along with Mauricio Dubon, a natural infielder who has lost his hold on the center field job. The Giants also have been carrying left-handed hitter Jason Vosler on the taxi squad and he could be an option to join the bench if Solano has to miss time. Kapler noted that he "has a lot of options" at second, although the injury will have an impact in another area.

 

"One of the reasons it's tough to lose Solano is no matter how you slice it, it's going to lighten our bench a little bit," Kapler said. "It's one of the major strengths of our team."

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