MILWAUKEE -- On Saturday night, Giants rookie infielder Ryder Jones stood in front of his locker at Miller Park and said he hoped to make a good impression over the final three weeks and put himself in position for the Opening Day roster.
Less than 24 hours later, he was on crutches.
Jones crumpled in the batter's box while taking a swing in the fifth inning of Sunday's loss to the Brewers. He was diagnosed with a left knee patella dislocation and will have an MRI on Monday to see if there is further damage.
Jones' season is over just when it was starting to get interesting.
"Bizarre, trust me. It's unbelievable," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the injury. "I've seen it before here with (Dan) Runzler. I've seen it twice and both times here. It's just a freak accident. It's a shame."
Runzler dislocated his knee while taking a swing against the Brewers in 2010. As much as this was a replay of history for Bochy, it was for Jones, too. The young infielder had the same injury in 2015.
Jones was set to get some time as Brandon Belt's backup over the final three weeks, and that could have meant a few starts. Belt is dealing with his own knee issue and has been in and out of the lineup. The injury leaves Chase d'Arnaud and Austin Slater as the backups at first base.