The SF Giants placed outfielder Luis Basabe on the injured list with a right hamstring strain and recalled Steven Duggar. Duggar is set to start Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
After leaving Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies with an apparent leg injury, the SF Giants placed outfielder Luis Basabe on the injured list with a right hamstring strain. To replace him on the active roster they recalled Steven Duggar.
The Giants acquired Basabe for cash from the Chicago White Sox earlier this year. Since joining the big-league team, he’s hit just .143/.333/.143, but has played premium outfield defense and made a difference on the base paths. He’d shown a keen eye and had worked many good at-bats even when he didn’t reach base.
Duggar has jostled between San Francisco and the organization’s alternate site in Sacramento. On the year, the 26-year old has slashed an abysmal .107/.138/.179 line (-13 OPS+) with ten strikeouts and zero walks.
Granted, over his career, Duggar’s value hasn’t come at the plate. In 130 games, received 462 plate appearances, scored 49 runs, driven in 47, and managed a .233/.277/.347 triple-slash.
Duggar’s sprint speed and defensive evaluation at every outfield position consistently ranked among the best in the organization. With Mike Yastrzemski still dealing with a minor injury and Austin Slater unable to play the field, Duggar will likely receive some playing time in the outfield.
The SF Giants are still trying to find a way into the expanded MLB postseason. They are currently in a three-way tie for the first wild-card spot in the National League. However, the Giants do not have the tie-breaker with any of the other teams in contention, which will require them to be outright above them at the end of the regular season to make the postseason. Duggar will get an opportunity to help following Basabe’s injury.