Giants take Wednesday off before weekend set with Cubs

San Francisco Giants Mike Yastrzemski takes a hack against the Los Angeles Angels at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Jun 1, 2021 has a jammed thumb is questionable for Thu Jun 3, 2021’s game against the Chicago Cubs (photo from the Mercury News)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

It’s a day off on Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who are locked up in a tight National League West Division race. The Giants lead San Diego by one-half game as they head into this weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs in a battle of first-place ballclubs.

An area of concern for the Giants is the status of outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, who left Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning after jamming his thumb in an attempted catch.

Yastrzemski slid into the padding on the brick wall, where his glove hand hit the wall as the ball bounced away. He remained in the game through the end of the Angels’ five-run rally. The team said the initial X-ray did not show a fracture, and called it a sprained right thumb. The injury was to be reevaluated on Wednesday.

The Giants are also keeping an eye on third baseman Evan Longoria, who is listed as day-to-day with a side strain.

Looking ahead, the Giants announced on Tuesday that they will be the first MLB team to wear custom pride-themed jerseys to honor the LGBTQ+ community. The Giants will wear jerseys incorporating the 11 Pride colors on Saturday, June 5, when they host the Cubs at Oracle Park.

In a statement, Giants CEO and president Larry Baer said, “We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LBGTQ+.”

The jerseys will have a Giants logo in Pride colors on their sleeve and cap. The custom uniforms will resemble those worn by the Giants’ High-A affiliate in 2019.

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