San Francisco Giants Outfielder Out 3-4 Weeks

The San Francisco Giants have been dealt a blow ahead of the 2023 regular season as outfielder Austin Slater is set to miss at least three to four weeks due to a left hamstring strain.

Slater suffered the injury in a Cactus League game last Thursday and is expected to begin the season on the injured list.

This setback adds to the team's depth concerns in the outfield, with Luis González already sidelined for months following back surgery and Mitch Haniger out with an oblique strain.

Slater had a breakout season in 2020 but has struggled with injuries in the past. He also missed time in the early part of spring training due to right elbow neuritis.

The 30-year-old outfielder is known for his ability to hit against left-handed pitching, with a career triple-slash of .285/.377/.469 against southpaws.

The Giants will likely look to Rule 5 pick Blake Sabol to fill the gap left by Slater's absence.

Slater himself is expected to aim for a return before the end of April.

The 30-year-old posted a .264/.366/.408 triple-slash line, with seven home runs, 34 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 49 runs scored over 125 games last season. Photo Credit:  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports