Giants outfielder Mitch Haniger underwent surgery to repair a fractured ulna in his right arm, the club informed reporters (including Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic). The team estimated his return to play at ten weeks.
Haniger could make it back to Oracle Park in September. That it’s not a season-ending injury is the only silver lining to another brutal stroke of injury luck. Haniger lost a couple months last season to a high ankle sprain and had his entire 2020 campaign wiped out by core surgeries after fouling a ball off his groin. He opened this season on the injured list with an oblique strain and played only 40 games before breaking his arm on a Jack Flaherty pitch on Tuesday.
San Francisco placed Haniger on the 10-day IL on Wednesday. He’ll get moved to the 60-day IL once the club needs a spot on the 40-man roster. The Giants promoted Luis Matos to make his MLB debut with Haniger out, pushing Mike Yastrzemski from center field to a corner.
Haniger is in the first season of a three-year, $43.5MM deal. He has struggled over 160 trips to the plate, hitting .230/.281/.372 with four home runs while walking at a career-low 5.6% rate.