Brandon Crawford Resuming Baseball Activities

A strained left oblique that landed San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on the injured list appears to be resolving, as the veteran is resuming baseball activities today. The earliest that Crawford can be activated from the injured list is July 29, but the fact that he’s working is way back into game shape is a good sign.

 

The Giants have relied on Thairo Estrada with Crawford out of the lineup, and the 25-year-old hasn’t disappointed. Estrada has surpassed Crawford in on-base plus slugging percentage, thanks in part to his .418 on-base percentage. It’s worth noting that Estrada has only appeared in 20 games this season, totaling 49 at-bats. Crawford will take over day-to-day shortstop duties when he’s healthy, but having Estrada as an option off the bench adds another level to their lineup.

Estrada remains the starter at short on Saturday night, batting seventh with a $2,400 salary on the After Hours slate at FanDuel against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

San Fran is looking to bounce back after a disappointing 6-4 loss in the series opener on Friday. The betting market is on their side, as the Giants are currently priced as steep -275 favorites.