The Giants have been without outfielder Nori Aoki since June 20th after he fractured his fibula, but he's on track to return soon.
Aoki will play 5 innings tomorrow for Sacramento, 7 on Wednesday and if all goes well will be activated for Friday's game vs. A's.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 21, 2015
Aoki has been an amazing addition for the Giants this season, and in 291 plate appearances, he's posted a slash line of .317/.383/.385 with a wOBA of .343, and a wRC+ of 125. The Giants signed Aoki to a one year deal worth $4 million, with a team option worth $5.5 million for 2016. San Francisco has had a surprisingly potent offense, and in terms of fWAR, the Giants rank first overall (18.6), and fourth by wRC+ (110). Once Aoki returns, Bruce Bochy will have his full outfield together for the first time since May 31st.
The other injury update concerned Tim Linecum, and while his elbow is the reason for his current, and first ever DL stint, today's news was related to his hip.
Lincecum saw specialist in Tennessee about his hips. Had cortisone shot on both sides. Exam found "degenerative stuff," Bochy said.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 21, 2015
A hip injury for any player is never good news, and for someone with the mechanics that Lincecum has, this could have very serious implications for his future. It's unclear exactly what the the specific issue is in his hip, but the Giants aren't going to rush him back anytime soon. They were already struggling to find room for their pitchers, and had to DFA Jean Machi today as a corresponding move for Tim Hudson's return.
Update: Andrew Baggarly just tweeted that Lincecum's injury is in no way considered career threatening. For now it seems that he'll be on track to return relatively soon if his rehab stints go smoothly.
Lincecum hip issue bothered him since end of last year. Will start throwing in five days. Not career ending.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 21, 2015