Giants' top pick Stratton hospitalized with head trauma


Giants' top pick Stratton hospitalized with head trauma

LOS ANGELES Right-hander Chris Stratton, the Giants topdraft pick in June, was taken by ambulance to a hospital after he was struck inthe head with a line drive during batting practice for Salem-Keizer in theshort-season Northwest League.

Stratton was in stable condition and preliminarily diagnosedwith a concussion, Giants vice president Bobby Evans said. Evans could not confirmthat Stratton was taken via ambulance but an eyewitness confirmed to ComcastSportsnet Bay Area that the power pitcher needed to be transported by emergencypersonnel.

Hes at the hospital now being evaluated to make sure itsnothing more than a concussion, Evans said. He does have symptoms of aconcussion. They are working on the diagnosis to confirm that. They are goingto be cautious and thorough.

Stratton, who turns 22 on Wednesday, was the 20thoverall selection after winning Southeastern Conference pitcher of the yearhonors for Mississippi State. He was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in eight games (fivestarts) for the Volcanoes, but was dealing with some control issues. Strattonhad walked 10 and struck out 16 in 16 13 innings.

Stratton was standing behind second base when struck by theline drive during batting practice, Evans said.

Its likely that the injury will be season-ending, sinceplayers must go through a protocol and pass a series of evaluations following aconcussion. Salem-Keizers season ends Sept. 1.

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)

1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P

San Francisco Giants (7-14)

1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants scored 10 runs on the last road trip and three over the first two games against the Dodgers. They made a move Wednesday to try and address that issue. 

Michael Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento as part of a flurry of roster moves that included the call-up of Kelby Tomlinson. Brandon Crawford was put on the three-day bereavement list to attend the funeral services of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin. Denard Span was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and Jarrett Parker (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Morse.

Morse, 35, came to camp with the Giants after a deal struck with Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding. It was his last shot at playing professional baseball, and as April approached, Morse had shown enough to be in position to make the opening day roster. A strained left hamstring ended those plans, but Morse stayed in Scottsdale to rehab before joining the San Jose Giants and River Cats. He was 5-for-20 in six rehab games but the reports given to team officials stated that he was having good at-bats. 

Morse was a popular presence during the 2014 title run, hitting 16 homers in the regular season and a huge one off Pat Neshek in the NLCS-clinching win over the Cardinals. The Giants could use his power bat in left, at first base, and off the bench. A struggling and banged-up team could also some personality added to the clubhouse, and Morse is always ready in that regard.

Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. He was batting just .220 for Sacramento, but he gives the Giants a versatile glove with Crawford out.