Injury to SF Giants’ Donovan Solano has ripple effect

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Gabe Kapler often paints the most optimistic picture when sizing up a potentially difficult situation for his club, but when second baseman Donovan Solano left Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia with a calf strain, the Giants manager delivered a sobering analysis.

“One of the reasons it’s tough to lose Solano is because no matter how you slice it, it’s going to lighten our bench a little bit,” Kapler said. “And that’s one of the the major strengths of our team.”

Solano will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday’s series opener against the Miami Marlins, leaving the Giants without one of their best and most consistent hitters. The injury will have a ripple effect because Solano, who splits time at second base with Tommy La Stella, is often the best available option for Kapler off the bench and has been used throughout the month of April as a defensive replacement in the late innings.

Kapler pointed out that Solano’s injury will create an opportunity for another Giants player to step up, but it’s not immediately clear how the club will divide up the at-bats that Solano would have taken.

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