LOS ANGELES -- The Giants dodged one significant injury Tuesday night. They're hoping an MRI on Wednesday morning brings similar news.
Johnny Cueto will undergo tests on his strained left groin to determine the severity of an injury that kept him from continuing in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Dodgers. Cueto said he has never had a groin strain, so he's not sure what to make of the discomfort.
"It was like a crab was biting me," he said.
Cueto took a shutout into the sixth but he called for a trainer. After a few warm-up pitches, he issued a walk and again called for a trainer. The second time, he was done. Manager Bruce Bochy said it's too soon to know if Cueto will miss any time at all, but the Giants got better news on Brandon Crawford, who had a dislocated left pinky popped back into place in a dugout tunnel.
"It'll be swollen and sore tomorrow, I'm sure," Crawford said. "Joe (Panik) did the same thing last year and took three full days off."
Crawford wouldn't fully rule himself out of Wednesday's series finale, but Bochy indicated that Ehire Adrianza will get at least one start at shortstop. Crawford will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, which is much better than the alternative. When he slid into third and felt the pain, he thought he had fractured a finger. Team officials thought the same thing, but an X-ray came back negative.
Crawford missed a couple of days in 2013 after spraining two fingers on his right hand and his numbers dipped when he returned. He doesn't think this injury will hamper his as much since it's his glove hand.
If Crawford is able to return in the next series, Cueto wants to be right there with him. He is scheduled to start Sunday in San Diego.
"We have to be warriors out there," he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "You have to keep grinding and see what happens."