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Giants’ decimated outfield loses Denard Span to apparent shoulder injury

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			Giants’ decimated outfield loses Denard Span to apparent shoulder injury

DENVER – It’s never good when outfielders drop flies. It’s even worse when they drop like flies.

Center fielder Denard Span exited Saturday’s game at Coors Field after he jammed his right shoulder into the fence while making a catch in the second inning. Conor Gillaspie pinch-hit for Span in the third.

The Giants already lost left fielder Jarrett Parker for at least two months because of a broken collarbone. And right fielder Hunter Pence didn’t start Saturday because he twisted his left knee while trying to react to an inside-the-park home run that he lost in the lights Friday night.

The Giants started three outfielders (Span, Chris Marrero, Gorkys Hernandez) who had combined to hit .150 with one home run in 113 at-bats this season.

And then it got worse.

Span sprinted back to make a catch on Charlie Blackmon’s deep drive, which saved a run in a game the Rockies already led 3-0. But Span staggered back toward the infield after making the catch. He did not go back to retrieve his hat – Hernandez picked it up for him – and took a long time as he walked back to the dugout. Trainer Eric Ortega met Span on the track and escorted him the final few feet down the stairs.

Pence had planned to be available off the bench, but Gillaspie remained in the game at third base and Eduardo Nuñez moved to right field. Hernandez went from right field to center field.

If Span has to go on the disabled list, the Giants would require another center fielder on their roster. They could purchase the contract of veteran Drew Stubbs, who was batting .258 with a home run in eight games for Triple-A Sacramento.

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