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Giants' top prospect Heliot Ramos out with mild left oblique strain

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Giants' top prospect Heliot Ramos out with mild left oblique strain

One of the Giants' most promising prospects is going to miss some time. 

Outfielder Heliot Ramos sustained a mild left oblique strain Friday, the Giants announced Sunday. Ramos will undergo treatment this week before being re-evaluated by team doctors next weekend when a timetable for his return will be announced. 

The Giants drafted Ramos in the first round (No. 19 overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft, and the 20-year-old wasn't invited to big league camp this spring. Ramos played in San Francisco's split-squad game with the Colorado Rockies on Friday night, homering in the bottom of the sixth inning and impressing new manager Gabe Kapler. 

In that same game, Ramos strained his oblique on a throw to home plate. Bryce Johnson replaced Ramos in right field in the top of the seventh inning, just after the top prospect's home run. 

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Ramos rose through the Giants farm system in 2019, beginning the year with the San Jose Giants and reaching the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in his age-19 season. He was over five years younger than the weighted average of his peers, according to Baseball Reference, and Ramos slashed .242/.321/.421 in 106 Double-A plate appearances. 

The Puerto Rico native is a big part of the Giants' future, so San Francisco will take all the time needed to ensure Ramos starts the 2020 season healthy.

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Global pandemic or not, some Giants fans refuse to give up one of the organization's most unique traditions.

A group of fans has continued taking kayaks out into McCovey Cove, just over the right-field wall at Oracle Park, hoping to snag one of the elusive splash hits off the bat of a Giants slugger.

However, even if the home run comes off the bat of an opponent like Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, fans will go to great lengths to secure the ball.

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You can see one of the Giants' more prominent fans, McCovey Cove Dave, jump (or more accurately slide) out of his kayak in an effort to secure Choo's two-run home run. Not only does he not get the home run ball from Choo, but another ball that slips out of Dave's kayak ended up in the hands of a female fan.

As you can see from Dave's Twitter account Sunday, social distancing did not seem to be a priority for those who flocked to McCovey Cove for the final time before a 10-game road trip.

Nevertheless, it's good to see Giants fans trying to make the most of the 2020 season, one in which no fans will be admitted to any MLB games as the league tries to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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Chadwick Tromp got text from Aruba Prime Minister after Giants call-up

Chadwick Tromp got text from Aruba Prime Minister after Giants call-up

Chadwick Tromp has had a whirlwind week. The Giants rookie made his MLB debut on Wednesday, got the first two hits of his MLB career on Friday and hammered his first big-league home run on Sunday. Tromp also made history in the process, as he became just the ninth player from the tiny island nation of Aruba to play in MLB.

The young catcher helped the Giants win an important home series against the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park. Following Sunday's loss in the series finale, Tromp discussed the reaction to his promotion to the Giants' active roster in Aruba.

"So when I got called up," Tromp told reporters via Zoom Sunday. "The Prime Minister of Aruba texted me, and also our Minister of Sports also texted me and congratulated me. That was nice, it makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing and moving in the right direction."

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Tromp's first MLB home run was an absolute rocket and came at a critical moment in the game, tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning.

He's been in the minor leagues since 2013, beginning his professional career within the Cincinnati Reds organization. Playing just 26 games in Triple-A last season with the Sacramento River Cats, Tromp impressed the Giants' staff enough in Summer Camp to earn a spot on the 2020 active roster once his sore hamstring healed up.

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Tromp discussed more of how the people back home in Aruba celebrated his MLB debut following Friday night's game.

"The community back home, they're going nuts, I'm going to be honest with you," Tromp said. "It's crazy, people are celebrating, the whole island is basically celebrating. I love it. We're such a small island and this is very important to them because it puts us on a bigger scale and shows the world that a small island can also do big things in life."

Aruba's population is just over 100,000 total. Along with fellow native and Boston Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts, Tromp is representing the island nation with pride in this bizarre 2020 season.