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Giants' Austin Slater: Heads to bench
Slater isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Slater has not started against a right-handed pitcher since April 30, but he has appeared off the bench in the majority of games this month, hitting .313/.560/.438 with zero home runs and zero steals in 10 games over that stretch. He only started three of those 10 games, but he is a great bet to appear as a pinch hitter against left-handed pitchers even when doesn't start.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Reaches base three times
Slater (knee) went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Slater missed one game with his recent knee injury. He's gone 9-for-22 (.409) over his last nine contests, though his everyday role in the lineup is likely close to ending with Mike Yastrzemski (illness) and Joc Pederson (groin) nearing returns. Slater owns a .268/.362/.439 slash line with two home runs, two stolen bases, nine RBI and eight runs scored through 47 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Starting Tuesday
Slater (knee) is starting in right field and batting leadoff Tuesday against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Slater left Saturday's game with a bruised right knee and was out of the lineup Sunday, though he may have been on the bench regardless of the injury with righty Josiah Gray on the mound for Washington. Southpaw Julio Urias is starting Tuesday for the Dodgers, so Slater will rejoin the lineup and hit atop the order.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Likely available off bench
Slater (knee) isn't starting but is available off the bench Saturday against the Nationals, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Slater suffered the knee injury when he collided with the outfield wall Friday and attempted to play through the issue Saturday, though he was forced to exit early. The 29-year-old won't start Sunday with righty Josiah Gray pitching for Washington, but he may be available off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Exits with injury
Slater left Saturday's victory over the Giants with a right knee contusion, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Slater started Saturday's game despite running into the wall in Friday's contest, but he was unable to finish the contest. He could return to action Sunday, but the Giants may opt to give him a rest with no game on the schedule the following day.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Steals base Wednesday
Slater went 0-for-2 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Athletics.
Slater got aboard on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning and stole second, giving the Giants just their third runner in scoring position, which they were unable to cash in. Slater replaced an injured Joc Pederson (groin), and the former could see a bump in playing time if the latter remains out Friday versus the Nationals. Slater is slashing .219/.306/.438 with two home runs, nine RBI, six runs scored and two steals in 36 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Cranks three-run homer
Slater went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 8-2 win over Oakland.
Slater entered the game for Joc Pederson in the fifth inning and smashed a three-run shot off Oakland reliever Jacob Lemoine to extend the score to its eventual 8-2 final. The 29-year-old is on the weak side of a platoon and doesn't have a clear path to substantial playing time.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Not starting Monday
Slater isn't starting Monday's game against the Brewers.
Although Mike Yastrzemski (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Slater will be out of the lineup for a third straight game with right-hander Corbin Burnes on the mound for Milwaukee. Darin Ruf, Luis Gonzalez and Joc Pederson will start in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Launches first home run
Slater went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Friday's 7-1 victory over Washington.
Slater took Patrick Corbin deep for a three-run shot in the second inning. It was his first extra-base hit since doubling on April 8 against the Marlins. The 29-year-old is now hitting .167 with four RBI through 24 at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Delivers walkoff hit
Slater went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a stolen base in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Marlins.
Slater pinch hit for Joc Pederson in the sixth inning, but he struck out. In the eighth, Slater got aboard on an error and showed off his plus speed by stealing second. The outfielder wasn't done there, adding a walkoff double in the 10th inning to bail out a shaky effort from the Giants' bullpen corps. It's tough to trust Slater from a fantasy perspective given that he doesn't have a clear path to everyday at-bats, but he posted 15 stolen bases in 306 plate appearances last year. The 29-year-old could see a short-side platoon role in the corner outfield while LaMonte Wade (knee) is out of action to begin the season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Possible replacement for Wade
Slater could be an option for the Giants in left field after LaMonte Wade (knee) was ruled out for Opening Day.
Slater had been in competition for a utility or bench role during spring training, but the veteran outfielder could now push for more playing time. Both Slater and Darin Ruf are right-handed hitters, so it's unlikely a strict platoon emerges between the two leading candidates to start in left field. It's also possible Ruf will be needed at first base with Brandon Belt (knee) yet to make his spring debut. With injuries piling up early for the Giants, Slater seems likely to play an important role after slashing .241/.320/.423 in a career-high 306 plate appearances last season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Inks deal with Giants
Slater agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Giants on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Slater was unable to replicate his .914 OPS from the shortened 2020 campaign, but he was still a solid piece for San Francisco with a .241/.320/.423 slash line, 12 homers and 15 stolen bases in 129 games last season. He should enter spring training with a strong chance to at least begin 2022 in a bench role.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Socks pinch-hit homer
Slater came off the bench to hit a go-ahead home run in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Padres.
Slater was summoned to pinch hit for LaMonte Wade in the sixth inning of a 1-1 tie, and he took San Diego reliever Ross Detwiler deep to left-center to give the Giants the lead. It was the 12th long ball of the year for Slater, who is on a 12-for-27 (.444) run with three homers and four stolen bases during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Perfect at the dish
Slater went 3-for-3 with three runs in Thursday's 5-4 win against the Diamondbacks.
Batting leadoff, Slater singled and scored in the first, third and fifth innings before being removed for pinch-hitter LaMonte Wade in the seventh. The impressive game runs Slater's final September line to .379/.419/.655 with two, doubles, two home runs and four steals in 29 at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Blasts pinch-hit homer
Slater came off the bench to hit a three-run homer in Thursday's loss to the Padres.
Slater was called upon to pinch hit for LaMonte Wade in the sixth inning and lined a Tim Hill offering over the left-field fence to give the Giants a 5-4 lead. It was the 11th long ball of the year for Slater, who is slashing just .232/.314/.408 with 15 stolen bases (17 attempts) in 299 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Posts 15th steal
Slater went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Atlanta.
San Francisco didn't have much going as a team, managing just four singles and a walk. Slater was one of two batters to reach second base after his steal, but none got within 90 feet of scoring. The outfielder has a .229/.312/.395 slash line, 15 steals in 17 attempts, 10 home runs, 28 RBI and 34 runs scored through 298 plate appearances in a part-time role as a utility outfielder.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Takes seat Thursday
Slater isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against San Diego, Amy Gutierrez of the Giants' official site reports.
Slater will be out of the lineup for a fourth straight game as he continues to work mainly in the short side of a platoon. Darin Ruf will start in left field and bat second.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Slater: Steals base in win
Slater went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Cubs.
The 28-year-old returned from the 7-day concussion injured list and made a solid impact in his first game back. Slater is up to 14 steals in 16 attempts this season. With a .232/.316/.398 slash line, 10 home runs, 29 RBI and 34 runs scored through 291 plate appearances, the speedy outfielder will be an option to bat leadoff versus southpaws. It's unclear if Slater or Steven Duggar will be the primary platoon-mate with Mike Yastrzemski in center field, although the former has also seen some time in left field.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-2, 197 lbs|
|Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|