Mac Williamson has been dreadful since returning from his concussion. The Giants probably figured that was a possibility, and to their credit, they gave him a long leash to see if he could work his way through it.
I posted this last night:
Player A: Hunter Pence— McCovey Chronicles (@McCoveyChron) June 23, 2018
Player B: Mac Williamson
Player C: Austin Jackson https://t.co/xSm23nmFam
So, this makes sense. The Giants brought up Slater because they could still use Williamson’s option to prevent a transaction mess. They’re clearly not ready to make any big decisions with Hunter Pence and Austin Jackson, and they seem intrigued by Alen Hanson in left field, so far now the 4th/5th outfielder logjam remains, just with a couple of different faces.
Last night, Williamson added a walk and two strikeouts to that line up above, and it’s clear that he’s missing a lot of pitches he should be able to get to and chasing pitches he should be laying off.
The important thing is that he gets healthy. As Hank Schulman pointed out:
I will say this. Belt and Panik said it took them months before their normal vision returned. They did their eye/brain exercises in the winter, at home, while Mac had to do it facing BL pitching. #sfgiants https://t.co/SWitrVWt0Z— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 23, 2018
Concussions are unfair, but that’s only because the brain is so important. Maybe we’ll see Mac again in September, and by that time, maybe he’ll feel fully like himself. The performance issues aren’t as important. You might be grumbling because you want the Giants to win, but in the grand scheme of things, there’s nothing in the sport and nothing of entertainment value in watching a player degrade his quality of life. Get well soon, Mac.