MAY 4: San Francisco has positioned La Stella on the IL, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. It’s going to be a protracted keep on the IL for La Stella, as Kapler stated Tuesday he may miss 4 to 6 weeks (by way of Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group). The membership recalled infielder Jason Vosler to take La Stella’s roster spot.
MAY 3: The Giants anticipate to put second baseman Tommy La Stella on the 10-day injured listing, supervisor Gabe Kapler instructed John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle and different reporters on Monday. La Stella strained his left hamstring Sunday.
An IL stint would proceed a less-than-ideal begin to 2021 for La Stella, whom the Giants signed to a three-year, $18.75MM assure in free company. La Stella earned that contract on the energy of an surprising offensive outburst from 2019-20, which he divided between the Angels and Athletics. Final season, the 32-year-old batted .281/.370/.449 with 5 residence runs and 27 walks in opposition to a mere 12 strikeouts over 228 plate appearances.
La Stella simply led the majors in strikeout proportion (5.8) a 12 months in the past, and although the quantity has climbed to 13.3 this season, that’s nonetheless nicely above common. Whereas La Stella’s triple-slash line has fallen to an underwhelming .235/.297/.353 throughout 75 journeys to the plate, his .359 anticipated weighted on-base common is way extra favorable than his .288 actual wOBA and suggests a turnaround might be on the best way. That should wait, nevertheless, now that La Stella is seemingly on his approach to the shelf.
La Stella and Donovan Solano have dealt with nearly the entire work on the keystone for San Francisco this season, however the latter has been on the IL with a strained calf since April 21. Reserves Wilmer Flores and Mauricio Dubon, who’ve expertise at second base, appear like logical fill-in candidates.