SAN FRANCISCO – The punches just keep on coming for the Giants.
Infielder Joaquin Arias underwent an appendectomy after becoming acutely ill Sunday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, the club announced. Infielder Nick Noonan is driving from Triple-A Fresno and will join the Giants in time for Monday’s series opener with the New York Mets.
The Giants’ depth has been challenged all season, and now they’ll be without one of their most important role players for several weeks. The typical recovery time for an appendectomy is 3-4 weeks but in 2010, Andres Torres managed to make it from operating room to lineup in just 13 days.
At least the All-Star break is coming up, cutting down on the number of games Arias otherwise would miss.
The Giants will be without Arias for these final seven games before the break, though. And they definitely missed him on the last road trip, when he strained his hamstring June 24 at Dodger Stadium and didn’t play the field for the next eight days.
Without Arias, it’s going to be harder to give days off to shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, both of whom have struggled with the bat in recent weeks. Crawford tried to play through two sprained fingers and Sandoval has looked lost at the plate since returning from his foot strain.