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MLB - US Sports: Giants hit by double injury blow

The San Francisco Giants placed right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and outfielder Steven Duggar on the 10-day and 60-day injured list respectively.

The Giants are 18/1 to win the World Series and DeSclafani has a right ankle inflammation, while Duggar has a left oblique strain, which will see him out of action for a while longer.

Injury strikes again

DeSclafani missed time last season with a right ankle injury and experienced a recurrence of the same injury early this season, which may have been a reason why he has a 6.08 ERA through his first three starts of the season.

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said that DeSclafani would undergo an MRI on Monday to get more clarity on a timetable for his return. Jakob Junis and Sam Long are among the candidates in the rotation to possibly replace him.

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Duggar facing lengthy absence

Duggar appeared to wince when batting at Citi Field last week against the New York Mets and was diagnosed as an oblique strain which will see him out for at least two months. Austin Slater is scheduled to replace Duggar.

The Giants already have Evan Longoria, Tommy La Stella, LaMonte Wade Jr and Alex Cobb so far this season due to injury. 

Speaking to the official San Francisco Giants website, Kapler spoke about DeSclafani's injury : "I think it matters. You can sort of see that he's not exploding off the backside. He's not pushing with as much force as he normally is off the right foot. Velocity was a little bit down. We mentioned it after the game, the stuff was a little bit down."

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