The San Francisco Giants haven't helped themselves out with repeated inconsistent play this season, but it certainly hasn't helped that they've been decimated by injuries.
Right now, it looks like
Steven Duggar is going on the DL. His season might be over and the Giants haven’t ruled out surgery. They’ll know more by tonight. Another brutal loss for the club. Gregor Blanco will take his roster spot.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) August 29, 2018
Is there any way they can just fast forward the season to make sure no other stars get hurt? At this point, 2019 is all they care about.
Duggar may not be the same caliber player as those injured stars listed above, but the Giants hope he can be an emergent star one day. The 24-year old outfielder was the organization's third-ranked prospect heading into this season. He started to get more opportunities when the team traded Austin Jackson, freeing up time in center for him in an effort to map out his future career path.
Unfortunately, Duggar tore up his non-throwing shoulder on a dive back to the bag Wednesday, dislocating it in the process as well.
The worst-case scenario has manifested here, with doctors recommending surgery that could take him out of action past Opening Day next season. It's not something this team wants lingering, as this bright prospect needs to be 100 percent for next season's turnaround.
Cross your fingers, SF. This campaign is already over.