SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Phillies Series
3. Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano sustain injuries
Before the Giants could board the plane back to San Francisco, they endured a couple of tough breaks. On Wednesday, Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano both had to be taken out of the game due to tightness of the right side and a right calf strain, respectively.
Removing Crawford from the game sounded like a precautionary measure, but it appears as if Solano will hit the injured list. No timeline was given for his return, but Giants manager Gabe Kapler confirmed that the veteran infielder would “miss some time.”
If Solano does hit the shelf, the Giants do have the depth to get through this. Second base has been Solano’s primary position, but Tommy La Stella, Wilmer Flores, and Mauricio Dubón all have experience there as well.
Plus, the Giants also have Jason Vosler and Thairo Estrada getting work in at the alternate training site in Sacramento in case a need arises. Vosler had a strong camp in Arizona with an outside shot of making the Opening Day club, whereas Estrada is a recent acquisition who came over in a deal with the New York Yankees. Estrada had seen time with the Yankees in 2019 and 2020, whereas Vosler has yet to make his major league debut.
Depth is key and the Giants have plenty of it. Solano’s bat has been a steady presence in the lineup as he has slashed .300/.333/.380 in 50 at-bats. With that being said, the Giants have the depth to weather his absence. Fans will likely see some familiar names at second base, but they could see a couple of new faces as well.