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San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (foot) took batting practice on Wednesday but wasn't able to run the bases or play the outfield as a precautionary measure because of minor pain in his foot, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Catcher Buster Posey missed another practice Wednesday because of a personal issue that kept him away from a workout last Friday. Pence surprised by hitting .297 with 18 home runs in 83 games for the Rangers in 2019, but the 37-year-old is an injury risk for fantasy owners as outfield depth. The universal designated hitter should help his cause for more at-bats, just don't expect a repeat of 2019, especially in a more pitcher-friendly park and in a weak lineup. Posey's absence doesn't appear to be COVID-19-related, so he should be fine for Opening Day.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (foot) has been in a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out of action for at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler said Belt will be re-evaluated in five to seven days, but he's not ready to put Belt's availability for Opening Night against the Dodgers on July 23 in doubt. Belt has dealt with heel pain before and managed to play in 156 games last year following two injury plagued seasons. He hit just .234 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI, and his average is not likely to be an asset like it was earlier in his career. Belt's injury with limited time before Opening Day won't increase his attractiveness to fantasy managers as a low-ceiling corner infielder in deep mixed leagues.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Billy Hamilton and pitcher Jarlin Garcia have been missing from the team's early summer camp workouts, and manager Gabe Kapler declined to shed more light on their status. It likely means they are absent for COVID-19-related issues. If they've tested positive, they'll need to return two negative tests within 24 hours to be cleared for workouts at the stadium. Hamilton is trying to win playing time in a Giants outfield that isn't all that strong. But reporting late won't help the speed-first fantasy asset's chances. There's no guarantees here with Hamilton, however, which makes him strictly a stolen base commodity in deep fantasy leagues if he makes the roster and carves out enough playing time.
The San Francisco Giants announced Wednesday that outfielder Alexander Canario, left-handed pitcher Caleb Barager, and right-handed pitcher Sam Wolff have been added to the team's player pool for summer camp, bringing their total to 59 players. Both Barager and Wolff posted respectable numbers across several minor-league levels last season, but Canario is of the most interest, being one of the Giants' top-10 prospects. The 20-year-old will join several other Giants' prospects at summer camp, although it will likely be several seasons before he is ready to contribute at the big-league level, limiting his fantasy value to dynasty leagues only.
Free-agent outfielder Brandon Guyer announced his retirement from baseball on Monday. The 34-year-old was a member of the 2016 American League-champion Cleveland Indians. He had a career .274 batting average and an .824 OPS against left-handed pitchers. Guyer also had 24 home runs in his 671 career at-bats. He went to spring training with the Giants this year but was released on March 26. A fifth-round pick of the Cubs back in 2007, Guyer didn't see any big league action last year and hit just .206 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 103 games for the Indians in 2018.