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Giants lose Tommy La Stella to injured list and call up infielder


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The Giants’ strongest position is their most banged up.

Tommy La Stella joined Donovan Solano on the injured list Tuesday, the Giants sidelining the second baseman after he strained his left hamstring Sunday. The move is retroactive to May 3 and paves the way for more Wilmer Flores, perhaps Mauricio Dubon and perhaps Jason Vosler at second base.

Vosler, more of a corner infielder, was called up from the taxi squad as the corresponding move, the Giants replacing one lefty-hitting infielder with another. There is a hole at second base, though — the Giants have lost their best hitter in Solano (calf strain), who does not have a firm timetable to return, and now their leadoff hitter in La Stella. Their No. 2 hitter against righties has been Mike Yastrzemski, who is on the IL, too, although his stay should not be long. And No. 3 would be Solano.

La Stella felt his hamstring pull at him while running home from third in San Diego and was quickly pulled. Gabe Kapler signaled immediately that an IL designation likely would be the move; the manager will speak soon on Tuesday with a more updated view of La Stella’s MRI results.

Vosler, who was signed more as a lefty complement to Evan Longoria at third, figures to see a good amount of time. In his first four Giants (and MLB) games in late April, he went 2-for-8 with a double and stolen base.

The Giants also called up lefty Conner Menez as their 27th man for both games of the seven-inning doubleheader in Colorado.

 

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