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Injury & Roster Moves: Wade resumes hitting

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Keep track of the Giants’ injury updates throughout the season.

3B Evan Longoria (right index finger surgery)
Expected return:
Longoria is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his right index finger on March 29. Longoria originally suffered a Grade 1 strain of the ligament when he was hit by a pitch last August, but he aggravated it during his offseason workouts and continued to feel pain when he tried to make throws during Spring Training. Longoria had his stitches removed on April 8 and he is taking one-hand ground balls and swings. He expects to progress to grip work at the two-week mark, and he will begin a hitting progression this weekend or early next week.

“I feel pretty confident that it’s moving in the right direction now and hopefully we’ll be pretty close to, if not beat, that timetable,” Longoria said. — Jake Crouse (Last updated: April 15)

INF Tommy La Stella (left Achilles surgery)
Expected return:
The Giants were hoping La Stella would have enough time to complete his rehab from offseason Achilles surgery and be ready for Opening Day, but he continued to experience soreness over the final week of Spring Training, ruling him out for the start of the season. Manager Gabe Kapler said La Stella is working with head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner to map out a running and defensive progression, but there’s “no set-in-stone timeline at this point,” and as of the latest update, he’s continuing hitting, running and taking ground balls.

La Stella said he recently spoke with his surgeon and was told that some discomfort is normal since he’s still in the process of breaking through scar tissue. The Giants considered carrying La Stella on the roster as a designated hitter, but they decided the best course of action would be to give him more time to heal.

“It was just one of those things where we wanted to make sure that we weren’t sacrificing the long-term success in this process for short-term gains now, and make sure I’m set up to be good to go for the rest of the season,” La Stella said.

Thairo Estrada is expected to assume the majority of starts at second base while La Stella is on the injured list. — Jake Crouse (Last updated: April 15)

OF LaMonte Wade Jr. (left knee inflammation)
Expected return
Wade led off a game against the Brewers on March 28 with a double to right field, but he tweaked his knee while scoring from third base on a groundout. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and bone bruising in Wade’s left knee. The Giants said he has begun throwing and hitting off the tee, as well as continuing his running progression.

Wade expressed disappointment at being ruled out for Opening Day, but he said he was relieved by the results of his exam, as he initially feared the damage would be worse.

“I feel like I’m in a good spot,” Wade said. “I feel like the MRI was promising, and it’s nothing too bad. I’m in a good spot mentally, knowing that I’m going to work hard in the training room to get back.” — Jake Crouse (Last updated: April 15)

LHP Matthew Boyd (left flexor tendon surgery)
Expected return:
Boyd is targeting a June return after undergoing surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left elbow in September. He resumed throwing in January and is hoping to get off the mound in the next couple of weeks. Manager Gabe Kapler said Boyd is on track to conclude his rehab program at the end of April, putting the 31-year-old left-hander on track to begin a rehab assignment in the Minors in May.

“It may take a little bit longer than that,” Kapler said. “We’re just going to kind of play it by ear. I don’t think there’s any hard date, but we’re going to let how he’s feeling kind of dictate things.” — Maria Guardado (Last updated: March 20)

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