As expected, the SF Giants placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. While the Giants brought both Thairo Estrada and Jason Vosler along on the taxi squad, Vosler officially took La Stella’s spot on the 26-man roster prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader. With an extra roster spot because of the doubleheader, San Francisco also promoted southpaw Conner Menez. However, the left-handed hurler will likely be optioned back to Triple-A before Wednesday’s game.
SF Giants send Tommy La Stella to IL, and recall Jason Vosler.
The addition of Vosler gives the Giants a versatile, left-handed bat who can fill a similar role as La Stella.
La Stella departed Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres after scoring on a ground ball from third base. While running down the third base line he clearly experienced some discomfort and slowed down quite a bit before slowing. The 32-year-old notched two hits in three at-bats with two RBI and two runs in a 7-1 win in his final game before hitting the injured list.
It looked like he might be on the cusp of turning his season around, but he will have to wait a while longer. On the year, he has slashed .235/.297/.353 (83 OPS+) with one home run and five RBI across 75 plate appearances while seeing the bulk of his playing time at second base. Giants manager Gabe Kapler estimated that La Stella might be able to return within 4 – 6 weeks.
In his place, the Giants will turn to Vosler. The Giants signed the left-handed bat to a major league contract with the expectation that he would assume a significant role in 2021. He had not had major league experience prior to 2021, so it was a mild surprise that the front office felt comfortable adding him to the 40-man roster with a major league pact.
Jason Vosler has notched two hits in ten at-bats with one RBI for the SF Giants this season. While Tommy La Stella has not had a fantastic offensive season, Vosler will still have to fill some big shoes in the versatile left-handed hitting veteran.