The San Francisco Giants lost another one of their star players Wednesday afternoon as the team placed outfielder Mike Yastrzemski on the injured list with an oblique strain.
Sam Selman was recalled from the Giants alternate site in San Francisco, adding left-handed depth to the bullpen.
The move to place Yastrzemski on the IL came after the Giants added two new outfielders to the mix, claiming Skye Bolt off waivers from the A's and acquiring former New York Yankee Mike Tauchman. The added outfield depth should give the Giants a cushion in Yastrzemski's absence.
"That makes the outfield depth on our [lineup card] tonight more valuable," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said before Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rockies. "In terms of getting them all their reps, I think schedules have a way of allowing that to happen. I don’t think we’re seeing the whole staircase yet, we’re just taking the first steps.”
After the game, Kapler discussed the decision to place Yastrzemski on the IL, and it doesn't sound like the Giants are too concerned about their star outfielder missing too much time.
“I think what we came to recognize was that he’s not going to be ready tomorrow or the next day," Kapler said. "Given where we are, we thought the most stress-free way to handle this was to give him the full 10 days. We don’t feel like it’s going to be much longer than that at all. If at all longer than 10 days we feel confident that he’s going to feel good and actually refreshed from this little break.”
If all goes according to plan, the Giants should be able to activate Yastrzemski late next week. In the meantime, Tauchman filled in just fine during his Giants debut Wednesday.