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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip) exited Thursday's meeting with the Rockies. The right-hander made it through five innings before leaving with left hip tightness, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out seven batters. Fortunately, the injury may not be as severe as initially expected, with Cobb stating postgame he's not concerned about it moving forward. The 35-year-old has played well this season, amassing a 5-2 record with a 3.01 ERA and 71 strikeouts, so hopefully, he'll be ready to go for his next scheduled start. However, there may be an official update on his prognosis in the next day or two.
San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb is scheduled for Thursday's start against the Colorado Rockies, according to MLB.com. The 35-year-old has been solid once again in 2023, posting a 2.71 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 21.8% strikeout rate with a 5-2 record across 12 starts. Cobb's value has been limited this year in shallow leagues due to his strikeout numbers, but he's a must-roster in deeper formats. Although Cobb will be pitching in Colorado, fantasy managers may want to keep him in their lineup, as the Rockies are running a meager .722 OPS as a team and are just 26-37.
On Wednesday, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Camilo Doval had an exceptional outing, striking out one batter during a flawless ninth inning. His efforts resulted in a save against the Rockies. Doval successfully protected a one-run lead in the ninth to earn his 15th save, the most in the National League. The 25-year-old right-hander boasts an impressive 2.03 ERA, a commendable 0.98 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts across 26 2/3 innings. Since starting his Major League Baseball career in 2021, Doval has collected 45 saves.
The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Joc Pederson (hand) and infielder Thairo Estrada (wrist) from the injured list on Tuesday, and both players are starting against right-hander Dinelson Lamet and the Colorado Rockies. Pederson is serving as the designated hitter and batting third, while Estrada is at the keystone and hitting in the two-hole. In corresponding moves, infielder Brett Wisely and outfielder Bryce Johnson were optioned to the minors. Pederson is returning for the first time since landing on the IL on May 15, and he's likely to continue playing only against right-handers. The 31-year-old is hitting .235 with five homers and 18 RBI this year. Estrada, meanwhile, will return to his starting role at the keystone. The 27-year-old has been great with a .301 average, six home runs, 17 RBI, 30 runs and 13 stolen bases in 193 at-bats.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Conforto (heel) could not return to Sunday's lineup for the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles. The 30-year-old has now accumulated four consecutive absences from the lineup, but it's worth mentioning he was able to pinch-hit on Friday. Conforto will have a day off in between Sunday's contest and Tuesday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies to get back on the field. The former All-Star was on a tear before the setback, hitting .393 with a 1.148 OPS to go with six homers and 16 RBI across his previous 16 games started.