Giants activate Evan Longoria, Jakob Junis off injured list; Brandon Crawford and Mauricio Llovera placed in IL

The Giants announced a series of roster changes today, with a third baseman Evan Longoria and right-handed Jacob Junis returning from 10-day and 15-day injured lists, respectively. Longoria and Junis will take the place of two other players, while Brandon Crawford was placed on 10 day IL due to knee inflammation and right handed Mauricio Llovera was placed on 15-day IL due to grade 2 flexor deformity.

Crawford just returned a few days ago from another 10-day absence due to this knee pain, and the manager Gabe Kapler mentioned at the time that Crawford had been hampered by his knee for much of the season. Considering the nagging nature of the injury and the fact that Crawford was once again sidelined so quickly, it’s probably safe to guess the shortstop will miss more than 10 days this time around. With the All-Star break coming up, those four days off will eat up a good chunk of IL time for Crawford and Llovera.

A longer absence would seem to be in order for Llovera, and it’s possible his 2022 season could be over, depending on his ability to recover from the bigger strain. The right-hander was injured in last night’s game after pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings in San Francisco’s 8-5 win over the Brewers.

Llovera has a 4.41 ERA over 16 1/3 frames, with a particularly tough outing (four runs in 1/3 innings) against the Mets on May 23 accounting for much of that ERA damage. . Now in his third season in MLB and his first with the Giants, Llovera has been traded from Triple-A several times this year.

Junis missed five weeks with a hamstring strain, and he’ll now take Llovera’s place in the bullpen while preparing for more rotational work. Junis had a 2.63 ERA in his first 48 innings (starting seven of nine games) before entering the 15-day IL, and the Giants will need similar quality in their rotation now that Anthony DeSclafani left for the season.

A left oblique strain sidelined Longoria for at least 10 days, and the veteran third baseman is now hoping to finally get a sustained streak of healthy baseball for the rest of the season. Longoria already had to delay his 2022 debut until May 11 due to finger surgery, but he hit solidly well while he was available, hitting .242/.331/.462 with eight homers in 151 plate appearances .

With Longoria back and Crawford out of action, the Giants will once again mix up their versatile mix on the court. Longoria will return to his usual third base spot, and Thairo Estrada numbers to get the most playing time at shortstop. David Villar also figure to switch between second and third base, and Wilmer Flores will continue to get regular work as a designated hitter, second baseman and part-time first baseman.

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