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The San Francisco Giants have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Willie Calhoun from the Texas Rangers on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Steven Duggar (oblique). Injuries have held Calhoun back in his six seasons with the Rangers, but a change of scenery and more playing time could do him well. The 27-year-old was hitting just .136 (6-for-44) with a home run and two RBI in 18 games for Texas this year before they sent him to the minors. The Giants are in need of outfield help with Luis Gonzalez (back) going on the injured list, but Calhoun will have to earn an opportunity with his new club. Duggar hadn't played since April 21 due to a left oblique strain, but the Rangers have activated him after the trade went through. Duggar has gone just 7-for-36 in 12 games this year, but he could eventually become the Rangers starting center fielder.
The San Francisco Giants placed outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) on the 10-day injured list on Thursday with a lower-back strain and recalled infielder Donovan Walton from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move. Gonzalez has missed the team's last two games, and he was put on the IL on Thursday after an MRI exam showed a back strain. The 26-year-old might not be back with the Giants until the start of the second half of the season. In his first year in San Francisco, he has swung the bat well, slashing .302/.361/.447 with an .808 OPS, three home runs, 24 RBI, 20 runs scored and seven RBI in 180 plate appearances over 49 games. Austin Slater, who is starting in center field on Thursday, should see more playing time in the near future with Gonzalez on the shelf.
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) and outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) both remain out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. Crawford hasn't played since leaving Tuesday's game early with a bruised left knee, but an MRI exam showed that he doesn't have any structural damage, so he should be regarded as day-to-day. Gonzalez will also miss his second straight game due to lower-back tightness. Thairo Estrada is playing shortstop and is batting sixth on Thursday, while Austin Slater will get the start in center field and hit eighth against Braves right-hander Kyle Wright.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He took Charlie Morton deep in the first inning for his seventh long ball of the season. The 31-year-old is starting to heat up and has now driven in four runs over his last five games. He has been solid this season, slashing .256/.363/.446 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, and 34 runs scored over 59 games. Yastrzemski should be rostered in all leagues as he hits near the top of the Giants order and provides fantasy managers some pop along with a solid on-base percentage in OBP formats.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Wednesday. He is dealing with lower back tightness, so he'll sit this game out against the Atlanta Braves. This issue is believed to be minor, so Gonzalez isn't expected to need a trip to the injured list. Evan Longoria will take his spot in the lineup for Wednesday's outing against right-hander Charlie Morton. Fantasy managers should check back on Thursday for another update on Gonzalez.