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Brandon Crawford leaves game after awkward collision at home plate



Let’s hope this isn’t as bad as it looked.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was forced out of Tuesday’s game vs. the Braves in the fourth inning, after an awkward collision at home plate that saw his right knee crunched and his left ankle twisted under Atlanta catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

The contact between the two was caused in large part by Crawford’s curious decision not to slide. Ironically, Crawford’s foot still made it under the bag before the tag, leading umpires to overturn the original call and determine Crawford safe.

Still, the shortstop limped off the field and exited the game shortly after. Up until now, Crawford has played in 62 of the Giants’ 67 games this season.

Wilmer Flores replaced Crawford with Thairo Estrada moving to short. Estrada would be Crawford’s replacement if he’s forced to miss time.

The Giants announced later in the game that Crawford sustained a left knee contusion, which sounds positive assuming there is no structural damage.