May 11, 2021

Giants Expect To Place Tommy La Stella On 10-Day IL (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Giants expect to place second baseman Tommy La Stella on the 10-day injured list, manager Gabe Kapler told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle and other reporters on Monday. La Stella strained his left hamstring Sunday.

An IL stint would continue a less-than-ideal start to 2021 for La Stella, whom the Giants signed to a three-year, $18.75MM guarantee in free agency. La Stella earned that contract on the strength of an unexpected offensive outburst from 2019-20, which he divided between the Angels and Athletics. Last season, the 32-year-old batted .281/.370/.449 with five home runs and 27 walks against a mere 12 strikeouts over 228 plate appearances.

La Stella easily led the majors in strikeout percentage (5.8) a year ago, and though the number has climbed to 13.3 this season, that’s still well above average. While La Stella’s triple-slash line has fallen to an underwhelming .235/.297/.353 across 75 trips to the plate, his .359 expected weighted on-base average is far more…

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