Slater went 2-for-2 with a home run, three walks, a stolen base, two runs and an RBI in a win over Colorado on Tuesday. Slater came up big out of the leadoff spot in a crucial game for San Francisco, setting the table by reaching base in each of his five plate appearances. The 27-year-old began the home half of the first inning with a solo shot to left field and scored again following a single in the seventh. Slater has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign, slashing .324/.442/.592 with five home runs and eight stolen bases.
Slater is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. After being reinstated from the injured list, Slater served as the Giants' designated hitter and leadoff man both of the past two days, going a combined 2-for-9 with a double and a run. Both of those starts came versus left-handed pitching, but he'll retreat to the bench with a right-hander (Zac Gallen) on the hill for Arizona in the series finale.
Slater (groin) was activated from the injured list Saturday and will lead off and serve as the designated hitter against Arizona, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Slater wound up missing two weeks with a strained groin. He'd hit an impressive .347/.458/.653 over 59 plate appearances prior to the injury and should feature in the lineup on a regular basis if he can maintain anything close to that form, though it's worth noting that those numbers come with a .406 BABIP.
Slater (groin) has been swinging and throwing at the Giants' alternate training site and is nearly ready to return to action, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Slater was hitting .347/.458/.653 in 59 plate appearances before straining his groin in late August. A precise timeline for his return hasn't been offered, but it doesn't sound as though he'll miss too many more games.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Slater (groin) is "progressing nicely" and is set to "begin ramping up his baseball activities" Monday at the Giants' alternate training site in Sacramento, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Slater looks to have just about moved past the strained left groin he suffered Aug. 21, but he'll still likely need at least a few more days' worth of workouts before the Giants feel comfortable activating him. Before going down with the injury, Slater had been a sneaky source of power and speed in a part-time role, supplying four home runs and six stolen bases over his 59 plate appearances.
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