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Mike Yastrzemski not too concerned after ‘painful’ hit by pitch

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

OAKLAND — Mike Yastrzemski was not wearing a bandage or ice pack on his left hand and did not seem much concerned about it.

The Giants will decide their level of concern if and when he gets an X-ray, which Bruce Bochy wasn’t sure about yet.

The revelatory San Francisco outfielder was plunked by Oakland’s Jake Diekman in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 5-4 win at the Coliseum.

“Pretty painful. Never fun to take 95 off the hand,” Yastrzemski said, while adding, “It’ll be fine, just a bruise.”

Bochy said it was a contusion that “bothered” Yastrzemski as he tried to swing. He was pulled in the ninth in favor of Alex Dickerson.

Yastrzemski called it a “day-to-day” issue. Any extended time on the bench would be a big blow to the Giants, who have found something in the former Orioles farmhand who’s slashing .270/.322/.537.

Bochy was asked whether Donovan Solano, who went 4-for-4 with a walk, upping his average to .349, has played his way to a bigger role: “He’s done that. We picked our spots, and it’s helped him. I think he and Scooter [Gennett] complement each other well, too. He just has a knack for getting the good part of the bat on the ball.”

Bochy said Solano would play Monday against Arizona lefty Alex Young.

Bochy on the two-game series in Oakland: “These two games could have gone either way. Hard-fought series. Great baseball, exciting series.”


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