San Francisco Giants Podcast with Morris Phillips: Slater to miss 8 to 10 weeks; A look at the two Brandons, Crawford and Belt

July 10, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

July 07, 2017: AP File Photo San Francisco Giants left fielder Austin Slater (53) is helped back to the dugout after getting injured on a ground out to shortstop to end the eighth inning, during a MLB baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–The first half of the season hasn’t been good from the injury standpoint. The latest problem has been the injury issue for San Francisco during the first half of the season. Their not getting an opportunity to show off that great Major League talent they have on the roster. The Giants leftfielder Austin Slater is out with a hip injury. Slater had to be assisted off the field by Giants first base coach Joe Alguacil on Friday night when Slater injured himself running up to first base. The injury is going to wipe out the rest of Slater’s 2017 season.

The two Brandons: On Brandon Crawford he had a very disjointed first half of the season which started off with Crawford’s wife’s sister suddenly passing away and Crawford had to miss a few games there to take care of his family. Crawford didn’t hit well for the first half in his first 50 plus games of the season. The last two weeks he’s been much better. He had a good game on Sunday against Miami he had a couple RBIs  He’s as close to a cornerstone that the Giants have other than Buster Posey.

For Brandon Belt not a bad first half but as we’ve seen throughout his career he hits those spells he’s been slumping that doesn’t help the club offensively and those are tough spots that prevents upgrading his trade value so the Giants will look to move him if they can. The Giants might move him because they can’t move somebody else. From the Giants standpoint this is a real crossroads for Belt.

Morris Phillips is a Giants beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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