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Yaz day-to-day with hand contusion after HBP; X-rays negative

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Mike Yastrzemski left the Giants' spring training game Monday against the Oakland A's after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand.

But the injury is not serious, as X-rays were negative and Yastrzemski is considered day-to-day with a hand contusion.

The injury comes just three days out from the team’s season opener on Thursday at the Seattle Mariners. San Francisco is counting on Yastrzemski to set the tone in the No. 2 hole this year behind leadoff man Tommy La Stella.

Yastrzemski is working on his defense but has been a revelation in the batter's box since breaking through with the Giants in 2019. In 161 career games, Yaz has a .281/.357/.535 slash line with 31 homers, 90 RBI and 103 runs scored. He finished the spring with by going 12-for-40 (.300), tied with a team-best four homers and nine RBIs.

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It’s been a rough couple of days for the top of the order.

La Stella actually had to exit Sunday’s contest against the A’s with a bruised knee after he got hit by a pitch and then came up slow after he slid into second base later in the inning. But the veteran returned for a pinch-hit appearance on Monday and didn’t appear to have any issues.

It's not the the ideal way for the Giants to end spring training with two of their key offensive pieces banged-up, but at least the team has a couple of off-days to let their guys heal up.

 

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