San Francisco Giants' Run Of Health In Infield Short-Lived As Joaquin Arias Goes Down

By Thom Tsang
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You win some, you lose some.

That’s the saying anyway, but for the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, it was really more of a case of winning some, losing some … and then losing some more.

Let’s start with the good news: the winning that the defending World Series champs did was in the battle against injuries as they finally saw the return of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is arguably the team’s best pure hitter when healthy. As he is a significant part of the intangible ‘heart’ of the club, his presence at third base and the immediate impact he made at the plate (2-for-4) on Monday bodes well for the club going forward.

Even the return of Kung Fu Panda, however, wasn’t enough to mitigate the team’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Yasiel Puig the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Not only did the loss set the Giants back to .500 for the season and sole possession of fourth place, it also ended the run of health that the team’s infield enjoyed for all of … two innings. That’s how far the divisional rivals got into their contest on Monday before San Francisco shortstop Joaquin Arias had to leave the game after suffering a hamstring strain while scoring what had been the game’s tying run.

Get an infielder, lose an infielder, I guess.

Now, considering that regular shortstop Brandon Crawford‘s hamstrings are just fine (though he just recovered from a finger injury), the loss of Arias isn’t exactly what you’d call a season-changing event, especially now that he’s returned to a backup role; that said, his did fill in admirably with his bat over Sandoval’s absence, tossing in an 11-game hitting streak en route to a .313 batting average for the month of June.

Sure, he still doesn’t hit for power and can’t get on base to save his life, but with Crawford not hitting much better and the team’s offense lagging at 26th place for the month, they need all the hot bats they can get.

If there’s any consolation, the strain that Arias suffered is said to be mild and he expects to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Then again, if we all got a a nickel for every time a baseball player said a hamstring/oblique strain was mild and day-to-day …

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