SAN DIEGO -- Before Saturday night, Casey McGehee had only been walked off a baseball field once in his pro career, and that was for a pulled groin. He thought he was in for a much more significant diagnosis this time around, but tests revealed only a bone bruise.
"It's about as good of news as I could hope for," McGehee said Sunday morning. "All things considered, I feel fortunate."
McGehee got a cortisone shot late Saturday and said he's in for a few days of treatment. Manager Bruce Bochy expects McGehee back soon and said Matt Duffy will get the time at third base when McGehee can’t go.
The injury originally occurred Monday as McGehee reached for a spinning grounder at Chase Field. He said he has felt it on and off the last week, and when he ran out of the box after hitting a fly ball in the first inning Saturday he felt excruciating pain.
“It felt like someone stuck an ice pick in it,” he said. “It’s one of those where it’s like, I don’t know if I want to keep taking steps. It’s kind of embarrassing, really, to not make it down the first base line. It’s kind of embarrassing when you’re talking about a bone bruise. What it felt like and what it is didn’t add up.”
McGehee is 5-for-21 with a homer in his first week with the Giants. He has made two errors at third and generally looked to be a step behind on grounders, which could have been related to the pain in his knee.
“It’s been interesting,” he said of his week. “I’ve done a little bit of everything. I had a few good moments and a few I’d like to redo.”
The Giants feel that they have enough coverage to get by with McGehee hurting. First baseman Brandon Belt (strained groin) felt strong enough to return to the lineup Sunday, although Bochy warned him not to try to stretch a single into a double, or do anything that could lead to further injury.