Williamson was placed on the seven-day minor-league disabled list Saturday, and is being evaluated for concussion symptoms, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Williamson hasn't appeared in a game for Triple-A Sacramento since Aug. 7, and his absence is related to a concussion he sustained back in April. More information should roll out after the outfielder is evaluated by team doctors, but this development puts his September call up chances in jeopardy. The 27-year-old was slashing .269/.372/.533 with 13 homers in the minors, but he struggled (.213/.295/.383) during a 28-game stint in the majors this season.
Williamson was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
Williamson had been struggling at the plate lately, slashing just .094/.237/.188 over his past 10 games. The Giants are hopeful that a change of scenery will get the 27-year-old back on track, so don't expect him to be gone for too long. In his place, Austin Slater joined the active roster prior to Saturday's game against the Padres.
Williamson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Williamson will head to the bench for what appears to be a regular day off following a string of seven straight starts. Alen Hanson will start in left field and hit leadoff in his stead.
Williamson took a Dan Straily fastball over the left field fence in the second inning for his fourth big fly of the season -- and his first since April 24, thanks to time on the disabled list and a prolonged slump. He was given two days off heading into this outing, so maybe the time off will help him recapture the early-season excitement following changes to his swing to join the launch angle revolution. The Giants' playing time assignments in the outfield remain in flux, though, so he may not get too many full weeks of reps as a starter unless he goes on another hot streak.
Williamson is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Marlins, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
He is hitting just .220/.304/.300 since returning from the disabled list a few weeks ago. While Williamson was out of the lineup Tuesday, that could be chalked up to the Giants facing a righty in Trevor Richards. However, he is sitting against a lefty (Caleb Smith) in this one, so it seems that he is either banged up or has really lost his hold on steady playing time. Austin Jackson is starting in left field, hitting seventh.
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