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Giants set to get Norichika Aoki back from fractured fibula

Nori Aoki

Left fielder Norichika Aoki is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants’ starting lineup tonight against the Brewers after missing the past month with a fractured right fibula.

Aoki had hoped to return over the weekend, but the Giants decided to give him a little extra time to recover. He was having a fantastic first half before the injury, hitting .317 with a .383 on-base percentage after joining the Giants as a free agent on an inexpensive one-year deal.

His on-base skills and strike-zone control are key atop San Francisco’s lineup and Aoki’s return pushes Gregor Blanco back into a reserve role.

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