The injury bug has returned to the San Francisco Giants.
Infielder Joaquin Arias was diagnosed with appendicitis on Sunday night and had an emergency appendectomy, the team announced. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Giants will call up Nick Noonan from Triple-A Fresno to take Arias’ roster spot.
Arias is hitting .282 with 10 RBI this season in 60 games, and has been one of their most consistent bench players, offensively and defensively.
The Giants are already without leadoff hitter Angel Pagan (hamstring), starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (hand), and reliever Santiago Casilla (knee). Chad Gaudin and Pablo Sandoval both recently came off the disabled list as well.
Now, they will also be missing the man with the third highest batting average on the team among players with at least 100 at-bats.
In 48 games this season with the Giants, Noonan is batting .212 with four RBI. He hit .311 in 11 games with Triple-A Fresno.
With a record of 40-47 and in the midst of a freefall, the last thing the Giants need right now is another injury. Granted, Arias isn’t a regular starter, but has been a reliable option coming off the bench.
So the beat goes on — injuries, pitching problems, bullpen issues, lack of hitting, losing to the Dodgers — the Giants are trending down, down, down.