San Francisco Giants: Injuries By the Numbers

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Aug 9, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (center) leaves the game after being hit by pitch with the trainer (left) and manager Bruce Bochy (right) against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have had four players suffer concussion this season, which is alarmingly high for a team that doesn’t play football every Sunday.

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  • The Giants have a concussion brigade going on right now, as all four players are sidelined with the ailment currently. Nori Aoki has had recurring symptoms for nearly two months, and made two returns to the lineup, although neither lasted very long. Gregor Blanco has been sidelined by a concussion twice this year, once in mid-June, and again now. Despite nearly two months between stints on the sidelines, those concussions are most likely tied together. It all started because Blanco was hit in the head by a thrown ball in batting practice (darn you, Baseball Gods!).

    Brandon Belt, who has been the unluckiest of Giants’ for a few years, suffered his when he attempted to slide headfirst into second base, only to be met with an opponent’s knee, knocking his helmet off and cranking his neck at a very awkward angle. Though his neck was initially thought to be the problem, the concussion ended up as the bigger worry, especially considering his history. This is Belt’s third concussion.

    Ehire Adrianza suffered his concussion earlier this week, when he was playing first base for the first time in his professional career, because (surprise, surprise) Belt and Buster Posey were both unavailable because of their respective ailments. In the ninth inning, a line drive was scorched in Adrianza’s direction, and when he dove to his left, the ball skidded up his leg and hit him right under the nose.

    No one is safe, not even the guy replacing the hurt guy who was replacing the injured guy.

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