The San Francisco Giants are losing some quality players ahead of their four-game series with the red hot Chicago Cubs. On Thursday, just hours before the start of the series, the team announced that outfielder Mike Yastrzemski (thumb strain) and right-handed starting pitcher Logan Webb (shoulder strain) would be placed on the 10-day Injured List, marking this season’s second stint on the IL for both players.
Yastrzemski’s time on the IL is retroactive to June 2, while Webb’s is retroactive to May 31, meaning he’ll only miss one start if he’s able to return after the 10 days.
ROSTER MOVES: RHP Logan Webb placed on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to May 31) with a right shoulder strain.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 3, 2021
- OF Mike Yastrzemski placed on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to June 2) with a right thumb sprain.
To replace Yastrzemski and Webb, the Giants are calling up right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano and corner infielder Jason Vosler, who will both join the roster for the third time this season.
It’s a big loss for the Giants. Webb is sneakily having a strong season, and has been dynamic in his last three starts, allowing just 10 hits, 3 walks, and 2 earned runs in 17 innings, while striking out 21. With him out, the Giants will likely turn to Scott Kazmir, with Tropeano (4 hits, 2 walks, 1 earned run, and 2 strikeouts in 6 innings) playing a long relief role.
As for Yaz, he’ll miss a series against a team that is scheduled to only use right-handed starters. Vosler — who is 3-22 with a double, a home run, and a walk this season — will likely see a good amount of action in the series, given that he’s also left-handed.
The Giants will definitely need a few players to step up in Yaz and Webb’s absence if they want the series to go well against a team that has won 14 of their last 17 games.