Slater went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Wednesday in the Giants' 7-6 win over the Padres. Healthy again after missing two games with a bruised right hip, Slater cracked the lineup against a right-hander (Chris Paddack), a reward for drawing three walks in his first start of the season back on July 25. The righty-hitting Slater was up to the challenge, providing two hits out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup. He should continue to see the bulk of his opportunities versus lefties, but Slater could end up settling into more of a full-time role if either Jaylin Davis or Hunter Pence -- who have combined to go 2-for-29 to begin the season -- fail to break out of their early slumps.
Slater (hip) is starting in right field and batting eighth Wednesday against Padres, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old was off to a strong start in his first appearance of the season with one run scored and three walks before leaving Saturday's game with a hip injury, but he'll return to the lineup after a two-game absence. Slater had a .750 OPS in 68 games last season and should see occasional starts in the outfield in 2020.
Slater (hip) will be available off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Slater has been nursing a bruised hip over the past several days, and although he isn't in the lineup Tuesday, manager Gabe Kapler said that he'll be an option off the bench. Kapler said that Slater likely could have rejoined the lineup for the series opener against the Padres, but he elected to give him an extra day of rest as a precaution.
Slater exited Saturday's win over the Dodgers with a right hip contusion and is considered day-to-day, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 27-year-old sustained the injury during a collision with the outfield wall. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored and three walks as the leadoff hitter prior to leaving the game. Slater hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers, but with a scheduled off day Monday the team could play it cautiously to give him an extra day of rest.
Slater's remaining minor-league option could be a hurdle to making the season-opening roster, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 27-year-old appeared in 68 games during the second half of the season for the Giants last year, but his remaining minor-league option plus the offseason additions of Wilmer Flores, Hunter Pence and Billy Hamilton leave him with no real roster security. Slater primarily played right field in 2019 and had a .238/.333/.417 slash line with five home runs, though he also saw some minimal action at first base.
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