San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson, seen here on May 5, started in place of Brandon Crawford for the second straight game on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

San Francisco Giants: Alen Hanson goes down with lower-leg injury

AT&T Park — San Francisco Giants infielder Alen Hanson fouled a ball off his left knee in the first inning Wednesday and went down immediately in pain. He remained there for several minutes until trainers helped him off the field.

Infielder Kelby Tomlinson entered in place of Hanson, who had only been starting at short because Brandon Crawford is on paternity leave. In addition to leaving the Giants shorthanded in their series finale with the Miami Marlins, the injury potentially takes a consistent bat out of the mix. Hanson is hitting .314 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 31 games.

Manager Bruce Bochy praised Hanson’s play before Wednesday’s game, and he was expected to serve as San Francisco’s primary utility infielder once Crawford returned.

Now, the Giants will likely lean on Tomlinson — who was called up to fill the hole left by Crawford — in that role if Hanson misses time.

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