AT&T PARK — Rookie left-fielder Austin Slater, one of the rare bright spots in a dismal first half, is set to spend an extended spell on the disabled list after straining his right groin on Friday night.
“It looks like eight to 10 weeks with his groin strain,” San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy explained. “We’ll just just have to rehab him, get him ready hopefully for the end of the season [to] have him back out there.”
Bochy called the injury a tough break for Slater and the club. The 24-year-old hit .290 with three homers in his 29 games with the orange and black.
“He made some noise,” Bochy said. “He showed that he can handle major league pitching. It was a small sample size, obviously, but he had some good at bats [and] I thought he did a good job in left field and as I talked about earlier with him, he’s a smart kid that seems to figure out each level in a short time and he was doing that here.”
Updates on the rest
Johnny Cueto, who took the mound for the first half finale, will also take the ball in the second-half opener at Petco Park on Friday night when the Giants face the San Diego Padres.
Bochy said he’s waiting to see how Madison Bumgarner does in his Monday night rehab assignment before announcing the rest of his rotation. The manager would like to see Bumgarner throw around six innings and 90 pitches for the San Jose Giants. For his part, the lefty thinks he’s ready to go, Bochy relayed.
—Melancon (right pronator strain) will start throwing after the break.
—Jarrett Parker’s rehab assignment has stalled out due to a stiff neck. The outfielder will receive treatment in San Francisco, with Thursday targeted for a return to game action.
—Bochy is hoping to have Eduardo Núñez (hamstring strain) in a rehab game by Wednesday.