Giants put Williamson, Panik on the DL ahead of doubleheader


Giants put Williamson, Panik on the DL ahead of doubleheader

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was not really a surprise that the Giants put their new left fielder on the disabled list Saturday. It was a surprise that he was joined by the leadoff hitter. 

Mac Williamson went on the 7-day concussion DL and Joe Panik was put on the 10-day dL with a sprained left thumb before a doubleheader with the Dodgers. Austin Slater, who was optioned after Friday's game, was called back up and started in left field. Alen Hanson, a burner who was in camp, had his contract purchased to provide infield depth. Mark Melancon was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Hanson. 

"You hate to lose your guys, ever, your core players," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Joe was hitting at the top of the order every game and he's so steady. This is one we'll have to weather and push on. And Williamson, you look at what he's been doing, this is a bad break for him and for us."

Panik was hurt while tagging Yasiel Puig on a pickoff play early Friday night. He stayed in the game with his thumb wrapped, but it was sore Saturday morning and he went for an MRI. He will see a team doctor during the first game of the doubleheader but Bochy anticipates Panik missing more than 10 days. 

Williamson took batting practice yesterday and felt no effects three days after tumbling into the wall in left field. But he had one more concussion test to pass Saturday morning and he felt lightheaded. 

Slater likely will get most of the time in left for now and Kelby Tomlinson and Hanson will ham and egg it at second, Bochy said. Hanson was hitting .403 with three homers and six stolen bases at the time of his promotion. The non-roster invitee is one of the fastest players in the organization.

Mike Yastrzemski's homer in Fenway Park debut highlights Giants' win

Mike Yastrzemski's homer in Fenway Park debut highlights Giants' win

No one couldn't have scripted it any better.

Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, playing his first game in grandfather Carl's old stomping grounds, did what the Red Sox legend did so many times: He manned left field, just in front of the fabled Green Monster, and launched a home run at Fenway Park in his team's victory.

The special moment came in the top of the fourth inning of the Giants' series opener against the Red Sox, when Yastrzemski blasted a 3-1 fastball off Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi 401 feet to dead center.

Yastrzemski, who finished 2-for-7 with the homer, one double, one walk and two runs scored, led off the game and received a standing ovation from the Fenway crowd ahead of his first at-bat. He ended up striking out, but he got the better of Eovaldi the next time they faced each other.

"It was incredible, just being able to be in front of family and friends," Yastrzemski told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez immediately after the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win, "and I couldn't have asked for a better welcome from the entire crowd. That was special."

Alex Dickerson's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the 15th eventually ended the marathon, but all the postgame attention was on Yastrzemski, who was born in the Boston suburb of Andover. Tuesday's homer increased Yastrzemski's season total to 20, giving the Giants two outfielders -- Kevin Pillar being the other -- with 20 or more for the first time since 2006, when Barry Bonds and Moises Alou accomplished the feat.

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Perhaps most impressive of all, Yastrzemski's 20 homers have come in just 97 games with the Giants, who acquired the Baseball Hall of Famer's grandson in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles in March.

Not too shabby for a 29-year-old rookie.

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski receive standing ovation at Fenway Park

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski receive standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski knew his return to Boston would be a big deal for his family, but he also knew how much it would mean to Red Sox fans who grew up cheering for his grandfather, Carl. Those fans showed their appreciation Tuesday when Yastrzemski stepped to the plate to lead off for the Giants. 

Yastrzemski got a nice ovation from the locals -- and a sizable Giants contingent -- before his first professional at-bat at Fenway Park. He grew up coming to games at the park and considered himself a diehard Red Sox fan. 

Yastrzemski said before the game that he planned to take the moment in. 

"It'll be cool. I don't get wrapped up in moments very easily," he said. "I've kind of trained my whole life to block out situations and crowd noises and stuff, but I think tonight I need to take a step back and get lost in one of the moments and appreciate that and experience it and then we can get back to playing baseball."

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Yastrzemski went down swinging in his first at-bat, but it was still a successful inning for the Giants. As Yastrzemski was settling back into the dugout, Brandon Belt hit a solo shot over the Green Monster.