Williamson worked with hitting coach Doug Latta over the offseason, NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Latta's most notable success story is Justin Turner, who enjoyed a late breakout after working with the coach to increase his launch angle. Williamson is revamping his swing in an attempt to join the league-wide flyball revolution and enjoy his own breakout at age 27. He'll need something to click, as he owns a career .235/.288/.397 line (and a 56.6 percent groundball rate) in 92 major-league games and is battling for a bench outfielder role. Early returns are positive, as he's 9-for-21 with three homers and two doubles thus far this spring. It's far from guaranteed that his swing change will have lasting results, but if he does work his way to a larger role with a legitimately new skill set, he could be a deep sleeper.
Williamson was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks after fouling a pitch off his right hand earlier in the contest, the Associated Press reports.
Williamson was able to complete the at-bat and subsequently played the next two half innings in the field before heading to the dugout for a pinch hitter the next time his turn in the batting order came up. Given that Williamson was initially able to stay in the game, his hand injury likely isn't a major concern, so there's a good chance he'll return to action in at least one of the team's final three contests of 2017.
Williamson went 3-for-3 with his third home run of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Williamson was unfazed by the tough task of facing Clayton Kershaw, delivering three of his team's eight hits off the Cy Young contender. The 27-year-old has started two of the last three games, but they have all come against southpaws. Williamson and his .177 isolated power rating will likely retreat to the bench in favor of Jarrett Parker on Monday, but he could be a cheap source of power in daily leagues when the Giants face the left-handed Robbie Ray on Tuesday.
Williamson will start in left field and bat eighth Monday against the Rockies, MLB.com reports.
The Giants recalled Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday and inserted him into the lineup for the series finale with the Cardinals. The 27-year-old responded to the appointment with a pair of doubles in four at-bats, and will garner another nod Monday with Jarrett Parker (oblique) sidelined. The Giants are hopeful Parker will be able to return by the weekend, but for now, Williamson looks like he'll be the top option in left field.
Williamson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Williamson had a strong month of August at the Triple-A level, posting a .877 OPS with five long balls. That effort will get him a promotion, and an opportunity to see immediate playing time in an outfield that's been ravaged by injuries this season. The hope is that Williamson can turn it around after a lackluster showing with the club earlier this year -- he has just a .156 batting average in 35 plate appearances in 2017, striking out at a 37.1 percent clip.
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|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||136||520||94||152||31||2||25||89||51||132||10||1||.375||.504||.292|
|2014||AFA-San Jose Giants||23||85||16||27||7||0||3||11||13||14||6||1||.420||.506||.318|
|2015||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||69||259||41||76||16||2||5||42||25||53||3||1||.366||.429||.293|
|2015||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||54||189||35||47||12||0||8||31||26||55||1||0||.370||.439||.249|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||94||352||54||86||21||0||14||50||25||100||4||1||.301||.423||.244|
|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||2||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||0||0||.286||.167||.167|