Giants place Arias on DL with appendicitis
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hits keep coming for the San Francisco Giants everywhere but on the field right now.
The Giants placed infielder Joaquin Arias on the 15-day disabled list Monday with appendicitis. Nick Noonan was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill Arias' spot before San Francisco opened a three-game series against the New York Mets.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Arias had an emergency appendectomy after becoming ill Sunday night. Arias will be out at least two weeks, he said.
Arias also had strained his hamstring at Dodger Stadium on June 24 and missed the next eight games before returning last week. San Francisco had lost 11 of 13 entering Monday night's game.
"It's tough news again," Bochy said. "Really feel for him. He was swinging the bat well. We have to get by without him for a couple weeks."
Arias is batting .282 with 10 RBIs in 60 games this season. He has played third base, first base and shortstop and shuffled throughout the batting order to give others a rest or fill-in because of an injury.
Noonan has played 48 games with the Giants this year, batting .212 with four RBIs and playing every infield position but first base. He batted .311 with eight RBIs in 11 games for Fresno.
Next week's All-Star game should slice a few days off the amount of playing time Arias will miss. However, his absence will be sorely felt in the lineup in the final seven games before the break.
With Arias sidelined again, it will be harder for the Giants to give shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Pablo Sandoval a break. Sandoval entered Monday night's game 3 for his past 42 since coming back from a left foot strain, and Crawford played through two sprained fingers recently.
Bochy juggled his starting lineup slightly against the Mets by inserting first baseman Brandon Belt into the third spot for the first time in his three-year career.
Buster Posey was fourth and Sandoval fifth. Both had flip-flopped in the third and fourth spots in the lineup most of the season.
"This is a case where sometimes you break it up to break it up," Bochy said. "Keep doing what you're doing, you keep getting what you're getting type of thing, which we've talked about a few times. That's why he's in the three-hole. We'll take a look at it."
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