3 takeaways from the SF Giants series against the A's
3. Joc Pederson's uncertain injury status
Joc Pederson has quickly become a popular player among Giants fans with his play on the field. When he signed a one-year, $6 million contract in the offseason, it felt like a solid addition but fans wanted more.
Pederson has held up his end of the bargain as he has began the season on a tear at the plate. In 55 plate appearances, the left-handed bat has slashed .353/.382/.745 (224 wRC+) with six home runs, 10 RBI, and 11 runs.
Interestingly enough, Giants manager Gabe Kapler has used Pederson atop the lineup and that is a move that has paid off nicely. He began last Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals with a leadoff homer to give the Giants an early lead.
Plus, the 30-year-old outfielder blasted a clutch, two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers to give the Giants a 2-1 advantage on Monday. The Brewers tied it back up momentarily, but Pederson's blast gave a huge confidence boost to the lineup after struggling against the reigning NL Cy Young award winner in Corbin Burnes.
However, Pederson tweaked his groin while running the bases on Wednesday night and had to be removed from the game as a precaution. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area confirms that the lefty bat will undergo an MRI.
An MRI generally results in a stint on the injured list. Hopefully, that is not the case with Pederson as he has been a catalyst to the offense. The Giants will know more before Friday night's game against the Nationals.