The Giants placed infielder Thairo Estrada on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left hand. San Francisco also placed starter Anthony DeSclafani on the 15-day IL (retroactive to July 2) with shoulder fatigue. Mike Yastrzemski was activated from his own IL stint, while Brett Wisely was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Estrada’s injury is the most notable of today’s developments. It’s a brutal blow for the righty-swinging middle infielder. He was hit on the hand by an Adam Ottavino offering in last night’s loss to the Mets. Estrada played out the rest of the contest but apparently fractured his hand on the play.
It’s not clear how long he’ll be out of action, although Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic writes that it’s not believed to be as serious as the broken forearm that’ll cost teammate Mitch Haniger at least two and a half months. A lengthy absence seems a possibility, interrupting the best full season of his career. Estrada was hitting .272/.327/.434 with excellent defensive grades for his second base work.
Wisely steps right into the lineup at the keystone tonight, hitting eighth against Seattle pitcher Bryan Woo. The Giants are using Casey Schmitt at shortstop with Brandon Crawford battling some side discomfort. If Crawford avoids the injured list, Schmitt seems to be the top candidate for second base work while Estrada is down.
DeSclafani vacates a rotation spot, though it’s possible that’s influenced by the All-Star Break. San Francisco is off Thursday, so they won’t need a fifth starter until July 18. If DeSclafani is able to return when first eligible, they can squeeze an extra position player on the roster to weather the infield injuries.