The Plan Moving Forward After MRI Shows Strain in Evan Longoria's Foot

DENVER -- The Giants don't know how long they'll be without Evan Longoria, but after Monday afternoon's blowout of the Rockies, Bruce Bochy sure didn't sound like a manager expecting to get one of his best hitters back anytime soon.

Bochy said an MRI showed a strain of Longoria's left plantar fascia and the Giants will continue to evaluate him before making any definitive statements. They knew enough Monday to say Longoria would miss more than 10 games, so he was put on the Injured List in the morning. 

Bochy sounded concerned about Longoria's injury, but said he hasn't been given a timetable yet. In the meantime, he'll lean heavily on Pablo Sandoval, who was the Giants' best hitter for most of the first half. 

The Giants have been careful not to overwork Sandoval, who had his 2018 season ended by a hamstring injury. Bochy removed him during Monday's 19-2 win so that Sandoval could rest up for the second half of a doubleheader. 

For the time being, there are no plans to call up reinforcements, including Zach Green, a 25-year-old who has 22 homers for Triple-A Sacramento. Bochy said Donovan Solano will back up Sandoval. Austin Slater has played third in the minors but is not considered much of an option at the big league level.

The injury comes at a time when Longoria was one of the National League's hottest hitters. He had six homers in his final nine games, but in his first game out, the Giants didn't need him. They crushed the Rockies and totaled 21 hits. 

"It's hard to replace someone like Longo but our whole lineup is contributing," said Brandon Crawford, who drove in eight runs. "That's what you're hoping when someone goes down, that someone else picks up the slack."

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