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Giants place Jung Hoo Lee on 10-day IL with left shoulder injury – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

SAN FRANCISCO — The centerpiece of a big Giants offseason has joined a great group of teammates on the IL.

San Francisco placed Jung Hoo Lee on 10-day IL on Monday, a day after he dislocated his shoulder when he crashed into the center field fence at Oracle Park. Lee will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki on Monday and the Giants will have a better idea of ​​his rehab options and timeline afterward, but the absence is expected to be lengthy.

Manager Bob Melvin said he spoke with Lee on Sunday and the outfielder was disappointed. Melvin hoped surgery would be avoided, but said he couldn’t offer much more in terms of details.

“He’s very team-oriented and wants to be there for his team, and so he’s disappointed,” Melvin said. “There’s not much he can do about it. You make an all-out play to catch a ball on the first inning, and if you make that play, it’s a huge boost, and now all of a sudden our center fielder is down.

“We had to recover from that a little bit (Sunday), but I’m sure he’s feeling it right now. He wants to be there for his team.

Lee signed a six-year, $113 million contract in December, the largest the franchise has ever given to a free agent. Serving primarily as a leadoff hitter, he played in 37 of 42 games, hitting .262 with a .641 OPS and two home runs. He has a wRC+ of 89, which puts him 11 points below the league average, but the Giants consider the overall numbers to contain bad luck because Lee’s expected batting average – based on quality of contact – is 22 points higher than his. a real.

The Giants can fill the void at the top of the lineup by moving LaMonte Wade Jr. to that spot when others return, but they will have trouble replacing Lee at center field. Advanced metrics have him rated about league average, but he gets good jump shots and the staff is confident he’ll be a more center fielder once he’s more accustomed to stadiums and elements of the MLB.

Tyler Fitzgerald took over at center field once Lee was injured Sunday, but Luis Matos was in the lineup Monday and Melvin said Matos “would have a good shot there” for now. Mike Yastrzemski can also slide if necessary.

The Giants have lost three outfielders – Austin Slater, Michael Conforto and Lee – over the last three games, although they have plenty of outfield options remaining. Heliot Ramos will take on a day-to-day role. Blake Sabol, Brett Wisely and Wade can also play the field, although the preference is to move on from Wade at first.

No matter how they slice it, Lee’s absence will be felt. The Giants were attracted to him in part because they strongly believed in his ability to play center, which would shift others to the corners, but they no longer have that advantage.

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