SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants moved shortstop Brandon Crawford from the bereavement list to the disabled list Saturday, although manager Bruce Bochy said the MRI that Crawford had on his right groin the day before did not reveal anything more than a mild strain.
Crawford’s injury needs more time to heal than the seven games he would have been allowed to stay on the bereavement list, Bochy said. Crawford is eligible to return from the DL on May 6, when the Giants are in Cincinnati for the second of a three-game series against the Reds. Crawford is on the DL retroactive to Wednesday.
“He’s making progress, he’s doing better,” Bochy said, adding that the team feels Crawford would be close to full health when his time on the DL is up. “It’s going to be in the ballpark.”
Crawford injured himself on the bases in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against Arizona. He had his MRI on Friday because he could not get one before he left to go on bereavement leave for his sister in law’s funeral.
Crawford was not expected to play Saturday regardless of the result of the MRI. Against the San Diego Padres for the second of a three-game series, the Giants again have Christian Arroyo at shortstop. Conor Gillaspie is again at third base and Eduardo Nuñez is in right field.
Bochy feels the Giants’ depth at shortstop puts them in a good spot to absorb the loss of Crawford, who was hitting .263 with eight RBIs at the time of his injury. Besides Arroyo and Nuñez, Bochy said Kelby Tomlinson can play shortstop as well.
Rounding out the Giants infield Saturday will be Michael Morse at first base and Joe Panik at second. The Giants’ outfield also has Brandon Belt in left and Drew Stubbs in center.
“It’s all about depth and versatility, which we’ve talked about a lot the last couple days,” Bochy said. “It allows you to do some things, like today. We’re going to get Morse out there, we’re going to get Belt out there.”
Nuñez played right field briefly on April 22 in Colorado.
“I think he’ll be fine out there,” Bochy said. “It’s going to be a little adjustment on his part, but it’s great to have guys who don’t hesitate to make a move. When they’re like that, it just takes away the other part of the equation, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ These guys aren’t doing that. They’re willing to go out there and give it their best.”
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