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SF Giants rookie sensation Luis González leaves game after hit-by-pitch

SF Giants rookie sensation Luis González leaves game after hit-by-pitch

MIAMI — Hours after earning accolades for his torrid month of May, Giants rookie outfielder Luis González was forced out of their game Friday night against the Marlins.

Facing Eliezer Hernandez in the second inning, González took a 93 mph fastball off his right shin and immediately looked to be in pain. However, after being accompanied by head trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Gabe Kapler up the first-base line, González remained in the game – for one batter.

González was lifted for pinch-runner Donovan Walton and was shown headed down the tunnel of the dugout, likely to receive X-rays on his right shin. Walton later scored on a three-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski that gave the Giants a 5-0 lead over Miami in the second inning.

The Giants announced that X-rays on González were negative and that he only suffered a bruise on his lower right leg.

Earlier on Friday, González was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May, after batting .368/.410/.500 in 23 games, an OPS of .910 that ranked behind only Mike Yastrzemski (.985) and Curt Casali (1.145) for the best among Giants hitters.

Earlier this week, González explained one way that he’s gotten his bat on track: reincorporating a modified drill called “ankle hitting” from his days at the University of New Mexico into his practice regimen.

“That’s something that’s helped me sharpen my skills,” González told this news organization. “I think that’s been helping me a lot. I started doing that in spring training this year and it helped me a lot so I’ve just been carrying it over to this year.”

Before González’s X-ray revealed good news, the Giants seemingly couldn’t catch a break on the injury front.

Source: Paradise Post

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