San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) runs to first base after a hit against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on April 14, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Denard Span returns from DL to hit HR, double

The Giants got two crucial hitters back on Thursday.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford returned after being out since April 25. Denard Span,  center fielder and leadoff hitter, had missed the team’s last 17 games after being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

“It’s great to have two of our core guys back,” Bochy said pregame.

Span marked his return with a double to the left-center gap in the bottom of the third and a blast to right field in the fifth, lifting the ball at a 30 degree angle to clear the arcade. It was the center fielder’s first homer of the season. He also knocked singles in the seventh and ninth.

“We need him,” Bochy said about Span pregame. “We haven’t been getting a lot from our leadoff hitter and I think that’s been a part of our offensive woes.”

Heading into the game, the top spot in the Giants’ lineup was hitting .190/.241/.252 with 11 runs scored, last place in Major League Baseball.

To make room on the roster for Crawford and Span, the Giants optioned Reyes Moronta back to Double-A Richmond and placed Conor Gillaspie on the disabled list with back spasms.

Bochy after the Giants’ 3-2 loss:

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