June 20, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (23) reacts after being hit by a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Update: Wednesday, June 24
Bad news for the Giants: The contusion was actually a broken bone, and Aoki will be out for several weeks.
Update: Tuesday, June 23
Aoki was penciled into tonight’s lineup card, but Bruce Bochy ultimately decided to err on the side of caution:
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Though he couldn’t get out of the way of a pitch from Dodgers starter Carlos Frias Saturday in Chavez Ravine, the Giants’ leadoff man certainly dodged a bullet in the aftermath.
What initially looked like it could be a broken bone around the foot/ankle area ended up being nothing more than a bone contusion—a fancy term for a really bad bruise. And lucky for San Francisco, a guy like Aoki isn’t about to let a bruise stop him from seeing the field.
A Tuesday return would a huge for a ball club currently without its top run-producing outfielder. Speaking of that guy…
Next: On to Hunter Pence update