Estrada was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Estrada has belted four homers while going 8-for-34 since being recalled Sept. 1. Despite that performance, he'll head back to Sacramento for the time being with Donovan Solano (illness) returning from the COVID-19 IL.
Estrada hit a solo home run in his only at-bat Wednesday in a loss to San Diego. Estrada came on as a pinch hitter in the third inning and swatted a solo shot to left field. He didn't remain in the game, however, as he continues to be used primarily off the bench. Over his past seven games, Estrada has logged a cumulative 10 plate appearances, going 3-for-9 with two RBI, three runs and a walk.
Estrada went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's victory over the Rockies. The 25-year-old went deep off of Kyle Freeland in back-to-back innings with a solo shot in the fourth and then a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Estrada has operated mostly as a bench bat this season and had struggled to a .108 batting average while posting zero multi-hit performances in 14 games and 37 at-bats since the beginning of August prior to Monday. On the bright side, he has now hit three home runs in his last five games after having only three homers on the season before this recent hot streak.
Estrada will start at second base and bat sixth Monday in Colorado. Estrada will stick in the lineup for the fifth time in six games, despite recording only two hits in 19 at-bats across the previous four contests. Considering that top second baseman Tommy La Stella was sidelined for most of that stretch while battling a side injury, Estrada looks like he'll be limited to a short-side platoon role moving forward. The lefty-hitting La Stella returned to action in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers, but he'll be on the bench Monday with a southpaw (Kyle Freeland) on the hill for Colorado.
Estrada went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Thursday in a 5-1 win over Milwaukee. Estrada, fresh off a recall from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, drove a Devin Williams offering over the left field fence in the eighth inning to give the Giants a 5-1 cushion. It was the fourth homer of the year for Estrada, who could see a fair amount of playing time in the days ahead with Donovan Solano (COVID-19), Tommy La Stella (side) and Wilmer Flores (hamstring) currently unavailable. Solano and Flores are on the injured list while La Stella hasn't played since Sunday, opening the door for Estrada to step in at second base.