Hanson is batting .200 (4-for-20) with a home run and a steal this spring. Hanson was a revelation for San Francisco last season when he slashed .252/.274/.425 with eight homers and seven steals over 294 at-bats while playing all over the infield and outfield. The 25-year-old will have to prove himself again during spring training in order to win a backup utility role over several other options the Giants brought in to camp.
Hanson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers. The 25-year-old has gone 5-for-16 with two homers to begin September, and Brandon Crawford's sore knee has opened up additional playing time for Hanson at shortstop. He's got a modest .267/.288/.458 slash line with eight homers and seven steals in 95 games on the season, but Hanson could have some surprising fantasy value down the stretch.
Hanson smacked a two-run home run in his lone at-bat Monday against the Rockies. Hanson retreated to the bench after starting four consecutive games in place of Brandon Crawford at shortstop. Despite smacking his seventh homer of the season, Hanson will be limited to a backup utility role now that Crawford is healthy.
Hanson is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Hanson, who is hitting just .245/.241/.358 through 21 games in August, will stick on the bench for a third straight game with left-hander Patrick Corbin starting for the Diamondbacks. Hunter Pence will pick up another start in left field in his place.
Hanson is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This marks the second game in a row Hanson will watch from the bench. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as right-hander Yovani Gallardo is taking the hill for Texas. Perhaps Hanson's recent cold streak at the plate is to blame (two hits in his last 12 at-bats), but either way, it's expected that his playing time will pick up a bit if Andrew McCutchen is moved ahead of the trade waiver deadline. Hunter Pence will take a turn in left field in Hanson's stead.