Still no Jaylin Davis

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - GIANTS - By John Shea John Shea cov­ers the Gi­ants for The San Fran­cisco Chronicle. Email: jshea@sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @JohnSheaHe­y

Luis Basabe’s trip to the in­jured list isn’t sur­pris­ing af­ter he strained his right ham­string run­ning to first base Tues­day.

What’s telling is who re­placed him. More specif­i­cally, who didn’t.

Jaylin Davis opened the sea­son with the Gi­ants, struck out six times in 12 at­bats and was not seen again, at least not on the ma­jor­league ros­ter.

Be­yond the four games he played with the Gi­ants, Davis spent the sea­son at the team’s al­ter­nate site in Sacramento, which closed shop Wed­nes­day. He didn’t make enough progress in man­age­ment’s minds to re­turn to the big leagues — even af­ter Gi­ants out­field­ers went down one af­ter an­other.

On Wed­nes­day, the team needed an out­fielder to take Basabe’s place, pro­moted Ste

ven Dug­gar and im­me­di­ately in­serted him into the lineup as the right fielder.

“He’s mak­ing more con­tact, and that con­tact is hard,” man­ager Gabe Kapler said of Davis. “There’s still quite a bit of swing and miss in the strike zone at the al­ter­nate site. That con­tin­ues to give us pause and is an ad­just­ment Jaylin needs to make if he’s to be a suc­cess­ful ma­jor­league hit­ter. In ad­di­tion, we think Dug­gar is right now the su­pe­rior de­fender.”

Dug­gar swings left­handed, and the Gi­ants are fac­ing a string of right­handed starters this week.

So Davis re­mains out of the picture un­til fur­ther no­tice. He hit 36 home runs last year, all but one in the mi­nors, and seemed ready to make an im­pact in the big leagues when the Gi­ants de­cided to in­clude him on the sea­son­open­ing ros­ter.

Kapler, who re­ceived a steady flow of in­for­ma­tion from Sacramento, in­clud­ing sta­tis­tics and feed­back from farm direc­tor

Kyle Haines and oth­ers, said Davis is “back in the mix,” but any im­prove­ment hasn’t led to a pro­mo­tion.

“It’s not about hit­ting the ball hard, it’s not about speed, it’s not about the throw­ing arm. Or any spe­cific tool,” Kapler said. “It’s just very sim­ply put about mak­ing more con­sis­tent con­tact. We will con­tinue to view Jaylin as an op­tion be­cause the tools are so strong, he’s such a high char­ac­ter guy and we are look­ing for that out­come.”

Basabe got a chance be­cause other out­field­ers were ab­sent. Mike Yas­trzem­ski (calf ) missed five games, Austin

Slater (el­bow) can’t play the field and Alex Dick­er­son spent time on pa­ter­nity leave.

With Basabe out for the sea­son, Kapler of­fered high praise for the switch­hit­ter who im­pressed man­age­ment with his speed and de­fense and was told to work on his swing path from the left side to im­prove on mak­ing the ball carry.

“He made re­ally strong im­pres­sions,” Kapler said. “We en­joyed hav­ing him in the lineup. He gave our team a dif­fer­ent dy­namic, one that we hadn’t had pre­vi­ously . ... In­cred­i­bly strong, pos­i­tive per­son­al­ity, the club­house and dugout loved him.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.