Giants Put Steven Duggar on DL With Torn Labrum in Left Shoulder

UPDATE (10:14pm PT on Wednesday night): Following the Giants' 3-1 loss to the D'backs on Wednesday night, Bruce Bochy announced that MRI results revealed rookie Steven Duggar sustained a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Doctors have recommended surgery for the center fielder.


SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants have dealt with injuries all year, but Bruce Bochy found the latest one to be a heartbreaker.

Steven Duggar was placed on the DL a day after injuring his left shoulder while diving back into second base. The Giants are calling it a bruised left shoulder for now but there's concern that an MRI will show more. Duggar admitted Tuesday that his shoulder popped out and then back in. Bochy said there's a chance Duggar's season is over.

"I like to be a bit hopeful here that it doesn't, but he showed up really sore today," Bochy said. "Obviously there's concern about that."

Gregor Blanco was called up to take Duggar's spot but Gorkys Hernandez will get most of the time in center. To clear a roster spot, Buster Posey was moved to the 60-day DL.

Duggar got hurt during the best stretch of his career thus far. He has six hits in 18 at-bats on the homestand, including a go-ahead triple on Sunday and a homer Monday. Before getting hurt Tuesday night, he cut off a ball in the gap to keep the Diamondbacks from taking the lead. After getting hurt, he raced home as the winning run on a single by Hernandez. 

"I told Duggar, I really liked where he was with his game," Bochy said. "The defense, you guys saw, he's exciting with the range he covers and his arm. With the bat he really tightened up his swing and was having good at-bats."

Hernandez is in center field on Wednesday. He was the primary center fielder before Duggar was recalled from the minors. The lineup should remain mostly the same; Duggar had been hitting near the bottom of the order.

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