How Giants will handle third base as Evan Longoria deals with foot strain

How Giants will handle third base as Evan Longoria deals with foot strain

DENVER -- The Giants don't know how long they'll be without Evan Longoria, but after Monday afternoon's blowout of the Rockies, Bruce Bochy sure didn't sound like a manager expecting to get one of his best hitters back anytime soon.

Bochy said an MRI showed a strain of Longoria's left plantar fascia and the Giants will continue to evaluate him before making any definitive statements. They knew enough Monday to say Longoria would miss more than 10 games, so he was put on the Injured List in the morning. 

Bochy sounded concerned about Longoria's injury, but said he hasn't been given a timetable yet. In the meantime, he'll lean heavily on Pablo Sandoval, who was the Giants' best hitter for most of the first half. 

The Giants have been careful not to overwork Sandoval, who had his 2018 season ended by a hamstring injury. Bochy removed him during Monday's 19-2 win so that Sandoval could rest up for the second half of a doubleheader. 

For the time being, there are no plans to call up reinforcements, including Zach Green, a 25-year-old who has 22 homers for Triple-A Sacramento. Bochy said Donovan Solano will back up Sandoval. Austin Slater has played third in the minors but is not considered much of an option at the big league level.

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The injury comes at a time when Longoria was one of the National League's hottest hitters. He had six homers in his final nine games, but in his first game out, the Giants didn't need him. They crushed the Rockies and totaled 21 hits. 

"It's hard to replace someone like Longo but our whole lineup is contributing," said Brandon Crawford, who drove in eight runs. "That's what you're hoping when someone goes down, that someone else picks up the slack."

Giants' Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper tell hilarious Will Clark sushi story

Giants' Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper tell hilarious Will Clark sushi story

Not everyone has a taste for sushi, especially Will Clark.

The Giants legend is the guy who simply orders a steak at dinner -- he’s simple and to the point.

Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper told a funny story in a recent interview with Giants reporter Amy Gutierrez from a night out at dinner with "The Thrill."

Clark glanced at the menu at the sushi restaurant and was nice about it of course, but it wasn’t his cup of tea. Where Clark is from in Louisiana, they refer to that type of food as “bait.”

That's fair. 

The Giants announced they will retire Clark’s No. 22 jersey this season -- and rightfully so.

His sweet swing and swagger made him one of the organization’s most well-known players to ever wear orange and black.

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Clark is a six-time All-Star selection, a Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient across his 15-year career, eight of them with the Giants.

A great career, just perhaps no salmon for him in the future? 

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Why Giants' Alex Dickerson finally can play MLB The Show once again

Why Giants' Alex Dickerson finally can play MLB The Show once again

While baseball continues to be on hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic and MLB comes up with wild, "Looney Tunes" hypotheticals to start the season, players all across the majors are testing out their thumbs. 

This might be the most professional baseball players ever have played the video game, MLB The Show. Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson is among the many players getting on the sticks in the latest iteration, MLB The Show 20. 

"That's always kind of been my go-to ever since I was a kid," Dickerson said Wednesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show."

This is an odd time for Dickerson for many reasons. Somehow his video game habits have even gone haywire. 

Yes, he always has been a big fan of gaming. But, he usually has to stay away from MLB The Show. 

"The one of thing I've always avoided is MLB The Show, because the game has gotten too realistic, that if I play it in-season and I'm struggling to pick up curveball down or something, I go home and just re-live the experience of not being able to pick it up," Dickerson said. "So that just frustrates me." 

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That's a totally understandable reason to stay away from the game. Luckily for Dickerson, he put up video game-like numbers in late June and July last season after joining the Giants in a trade from the San Diego Padres.

From June 21 through July 30, Dickerson hit .386 with six homers and a 1.222 OPS over 19 games. With baseball on break, he's back to playing the game and certainly could be once again in the future if he has another hot streak like last season. 

"I've actually been playing it because I miss baseball so much," Dickerson said. "But yeah, I tend to cut that game out as soon as I'm actually playing."

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Players aren't the only ones firing the game up, too. Even Giants manager Gabe Kapler is finding ways to learn through MLB The Show. Dickerson isn't surprised, either.

"I can definitely see how he can use it to his advantage," Dickerson said.