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Crawford out as Giants’ lineup misses some Brandons


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The Giants’ lineup is all out of Brandons.

Brandon Crawford has a tight hamstring and Brandon Belt is getting a day off Monday, with the show that is Alex Dickerson moving up to bat No. 2 and Joe Panik moving down to the seven-spot.

“Hamstring was tight [Sunday], almost took him out of the game,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Crawford before the Giants hosted the Rockies. “I didn’t want to take any chances playing him today. … Panik will get a day here soon.”

Belt’s is a routine day off, Bochy said, as the Giants are amid a 20-games-in-20-days stretch. San Francisco is not overly concerned with Crawford’s hamstring, and Bochy said he would be available off the bench.

Expect more lineup tweaks in the coming days.

“Gonna mix in Pablo [Sandoval] at first and third,” Bochy said. “As far as the outfield, I’ll have to give [Tyler] Austin a start or two, too, to give those guys a break.”

Mike Yastrzemski was starting in right while Kevin Pillar was manning center.


Steven Duggar, on the injured list with a lower back strain, is making progress, but not enough that Bochy would speculate when he would return.

“He’s doing all right, he’s swinging the bat,” said Bochy of an outfielder whose stint is retroactive to June 19. “He’s doing baseball activities now. He started rehabbing.”


Pitching coach Curt Young, who underwent knee surgery and has been absent from games for several weeks, is around the team again, Bochy said. He’s been attending meetings and “helping out.”

“I don’t know what day” Young will officially return, Bochy said. “I know they want to give him a few more days. He’s here.”

 

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