As San Francisco Giants second baseman Alen Hanson limped around third and headed for home on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, many Giants fans surely had to be thinking, ‘Again? Really?’
Having replaced injured starter Joe Panik because of thumb surgery, Hanson had really come around at the plate after a slow start, with 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats since taking over for the injured Panik. On Monday, though, the Giants announced he’s headed to the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, with a left hamstring strain.
Hanson joins Panik, Madison Bumgarner (finger), Hunter Pence (thumb), Mac Williamson (concussion), Johnny Cueto (elbow) and Mark Melancon (arm) on the lengthening disabled list. Panik is not expected back until mid-June.
The switch-hitting Hanson, who hit .221 in 106 games last year with the Pirates, signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Dec. 22.
Hanson — who also could have served as a reserve outfielder, given the Giants’ need to carry extra pitching — will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Austin Slater, the No. 4 prospect in San Francisco’s Minor League system.
Slater was previous called up on April 27, but was sent down on May 2. He played 34 games for the Giants last season, hitting three homers, driving in 16 and hitting .282.
For the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats this season, he’s hitting a blistering .386 with two home runs, 19 RBIs, two triples, 15 doubles and a 1.127 OPS in 24 games.