Slater is starting in left field in Friday's Cactus League game against the Brewers.
Slater underwent surgery for a sports hernia in September but was expected to be healthy to start spring training. He's in the lineup for the Giants' spring opener, so it appears that his recovery has gone well. He'll be competing for a bench spot this spring.
Slater (hip) reportedly "feels like his old self again," Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
According to Pavlovic, the young outfielder returned to hitting in mid-November and was back on a normal lifting and running schedule by Thanksgiving. At this point, it doesn't seem like he's facing any issues following sports hernia surgery in late September, although he still needs to prove he can hold up in a game situation. Health aside, Slater faces an uphill battle to make the active roster out of spring training, as newcomers Andrew McCutchen and Austin Jackson add to an already crowded outfield situation. Slater's best bet is to make the team as a fifth outfielder, but the fact that he has minor-league options remaining doesn't help his case to crack the Opening Day roster.
Slater (hip) underwent surgery for a sports hernia and will be out of action for six to eight weeks, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Slater was planning to play in the Dominican Winter League to make up for some of his lost time this season, but this will cost him about half of those planned at-bats. At just 24 years old, Slater hit .282/.339/.402 with three home runs over 34 games and he should be considered a major part of San Francisco's plan for the future of their outfield.
Slater (hip) will be examined in Philadelphia for a sports hernia, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Slater has been out of action with a hip injury since September 19. If it's severe enough to warrant a cross-country flight, chances are Slater won't be back in time for the final few games of the regular season. A sports hernia would most likely require surgery, so if he is found to have one, Slater's spring training status may come into question.
Slater is out of action due to a hip flexor issue, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Slater has appeared just three times in the past seven games, and this would explain his sporadic appearances. The Giants want to get Slater back into action before the season ends so they can ensure he will be healthy for winter ball, so consider him day-to-day for now.
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