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Steven Duggar’s MRI reveals labrum tear, surgery recommended

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San Francisco Giants’ Steven Duggar steps up to bat at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

AT&T PARK — Steven Duggar — the San Francisco Giants’ No. 3 overall prospect at the start of this season — got the results of his MRI back on Wednesday, and has been diagnosed with a labrum tear in his dislocated left shoulder.

With surgery recommended, Duggar will be out for the year. The only decision now is whether or not the 24-year old outfielder will have surgery, or if he will try to rehab. Should he have surgery, manager Bruce Bochy said, he would be ready to start the 2019 season.

Had he not been injured by a hard tag from Ketel Marte on Tuesday — before he wound up scoring the game-winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks — it’s likely San Francisco would have kept running Duggar out to center field for the rest of the season, especially sinking back to seven games out of first place in the National League West with a 3-1 loss to Arizona on Wednesday.

“It’s really a tough break for him, for us, as well as he was playing,” Bochy said. “That was really igniting us at times. I feel for the kid. He really was in a good place, as far as baseball, where he was at, defensively, swinging the bat. It’s a tough break.”

A discussion will be had on Thursday about what path Duggar will take.

“I’m sure he’ll think about it and decide what he thinks is best for his career, his future, his health, but again [surgery] is what’s being recommended,” Bochy said.

Duggar — who had emerged as an everyday center fielder after being called up on July 8 — had begun to come into his own as of late at the plate. After an 0-for-10 slump, he had six hits in his last 18 at-bats over his last five games, with a triple, a homer and four RBIs in that span, and a .980 OPS.

“I’m sure he’s crushed by this,” Bochy said. “That guy loves to play the game, he loves baseball. He was really in a good place, as far as confidence, his swing, of course defensively we’ve been watching what he’s been doing. This is a tough break for him. He was getting a chance to play up here in the major leagues and show what he can do, and gets a bad break.”

Duggar hit what proved to be the game-winning triple on Sunday, slugged the difference-making home run in a 2-0 win on Monday and made a key throw on a ball in the gap on Wednesday that led to the preservation of a scoreless tie, before he himself scored the winning run.

Before he scored that run, though, he rounded second base hard on a single by Nick Hundley, and on his way back to the bag, was tagged hard in the left shoulder by Diamondbacks second baseman Marte. That dislocated the shoulder, which popped back in when he rolled over. He was able to lift his arm above his head, which allowed him to stay in the game, and score on a Gorkys Hernandez single.

Duggar was batting .255 with two home runs and 17 RBIs overall, with five stolen bases, before the injury. He was replaced on the roster by Gregor Blanco, who went 0-for-1 in a pinch hitting appearance on Wednesday.

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