Gabe Kapler typically paints probably the most optimistic image when sizing up a doubtlessly troublesome scenario for his membership, however when second baseman Donovan Solano left Wednesday’s recreation in Philadelphia with a calf pressure, the Giants supervisor delivered a sobering evaluation.
“One of many causes it’s robust to lose Solano is as a result of regardless of the way you slice it, it’s going to lighten our bench slightly bit,” Kapler stated. “And that’s one of many the foremost strengths of our staff.”
Solano will probably be positioned on the 10-day injured record forward of Thursday’s sequence opener in opposition to the Miami Marlins, leaving the Giants with out considered one of their finest and most constant hitters. The damage could have a ripple impact as a result of Solano, who splits time at second base with Tommy La Stella, is commonly one of the best out there possibility for Kapler off the bench and has been used all through the month of April as a defensive alternative within the late innings.
Kapler identified that Solano’s damage will create a possibility for one more Giants participant to step up, nevertheless it’s not instantly clear how the membership will divide up the at-bats that Solano would have taken.
Giants executives Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris have a number of selections to weigh in figuring out who to advertise to the energetic roster to take Solano’s place on Thursday.
The entrance workplace might substitute Solano with one other infielder, Thairo Estrada, who was just lately acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees. Estrada has expertise at each shortstop and second base and bats from the correct facet, so of the 40-man roster gamers out there, he profiles most equally to Solano.
The Giants might additionally transfer utility man Mauricio Dubón into the infield on a near-full-time foundation and promote an outfielder reminiscent of Steven Duggar, who can take the late-inning reps in heart discipline that Dubón has been incomes as a defensive improve off the bench. Including Duggar would give the Giants one other left-handed bat and would permit Kapler to pair Dubón at second base with Brandon Crawford at shortstop, which may be one of the best defensive duo the membership can use in the midst of the diamond in Solano’s absence.
Any lineup that features each Duggar and Dubón would clearly prioritize protection, as neither have been a lot of a risk on the plate of their most up-to-date alternatives.
After back-to-back four-inning outings from their beginning pitchers, the Giants might also elect to go along with a brief bench on Thursday and add a reliever reminiscent of Sam Selman to the 26-man roster. Kapler stretched the bullpen out in Philadelphia and the Giants had been making an attempt to safe a sequence sweep on Wednesday whereas giving days off to their most dependable back-end arms, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee.
Quickly bringing Selman or one other reliever into the combo might ease the load for a Giants staff that doesn’t have one other off day till Thursday, April 29, however it will place additional limitations on Kapler’s capability to hunt favorable late-game matchups off the bench.
With Dubón, La Stella and Wilmer Flores on the 26-man roster, the Giants haven’t any scarcity of choices at second base, however they’ll clearly miss having the reigning Nationwide League Silver Slugger Award on the place within the lineup or out there off the bench.
Giants gamers have joked that Kapler has each a right-handed lineup and a left-handed lineup and even when the Giants add Estrada from the alternate website and preserve the remainder of the roster as is, the membership can be missing some firepower and Solano’s priceless contact abilities.
No bench within the majors has been extra energetic than Kapler’s this season because the Giants have already clubbed 5 pinch-hit dwelling runs, which lead the large leagues. With Solano out, the Giants’ bench can be weakened as followers will probably see one or two fewer platoons within the beginning lineup and hitters with lesser monitor information out there late in video games.