Injured San Francisco Giants All-Star Gets Hurt Again While Taking Batting Practice

The 2024 San Francisco Giants might just be cursed.

The Giants, who had one of baseball’s most active (and arguably best) offseasons haven’t gotten off to the start they were hoping for in 2024.

Entering Tuesday night’s game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants currently sit at 19-24 and in fourth place in the National League West. A majority of their offseason acquisitions haven’t yet lived up to their contracts, and many currently find themselves on the injured list.

One of those new acquisitions is 2023 All-Star designated hitter Jorge Soler, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Giants this offseason. Last week, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder issue, but seemed to be making progress as he was on the field ahead of Tuesday’s game taking batting practice.

Unfortunately, the curse continued to haunt San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 28: Jorge Soler #2 of the San Francisco Giants looks on after an at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on April 28, 2024 in San Francisco, California….

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In the middle of batting practice, Soler hit a ball that went straight up. It hit the top of the cage, came back down, and smacked him on the head. Soler then walked off the field with a trainer.

Soler has been struggling in his first year in the Bay. In 34 games, he’s slashing just .202/.294/.361 with five home runs and eight runs batted in. His .655 OPS would be the lowest in his career since 2017, when he played in just 35 games with the Kansas City Royals.

It’s not yet known if Tuesday’s batting practice incident led to a diagnosed injury for Soler. Either way, it’s the last thing the Giants needed to see.

Soler and the Giants still have plenty of time to turn things around this season, but the injury issues aren’t exactly helping. Soler is just one among a laundry list of Giants on the injured list, headlined by major free agent acquisitions in left-handed pitcher Blake Snell and outfielder Jung Hoo Lee. One day after crashing into the outfield wall in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lee was placed on the injured list with a dislocated shoulder.

Other critical Giants currently on the injured list include shortstop Nick Ahmed, catchers Patrick Bailey and Tom Murphy, outfielders Michael Conforto and Austin Slater, and pitchers Alex Cobb, Tristan Beck, and Robbie Ray.

The Giants will hope for good news on Soler, who’s coming off one of the best seasons of his career. With the Miami Marlins in 2023, Soler slashed .250/.341/.512 with 36 home runs and 75 RBIs en route to his first All-Star appearance.