SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants lost much more than just one game Tuesday night. Leadoff hitter Nori Aoki has a fractured fibula and will be in a cast for at least two weeks.
Manager Bruce Bochy said there is no timetable for Aoki's return. An X-ray on Tuesday revealed the small fracture.
"That's a blow for us, that's a loss," Bochy said. "He's going to need some time."
Aoki was hurt in the first inning of Saturday's game in Los Angeles when he got drilled just above his right ankle by a 94 mph Carlos Frias fastball. He limped around the bases and came out of the game before the bottom of the first inning, but he was initially diagnosed with just a lower leg contusion.
X-rays on Saturday came back negative and Aoki was originally in Tuesday's starting lineup. Aoki did some light jogging in the outfield before batting practice, and while he looked hampered, he insisted that his ankle felt healthy enough to play on.
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"I feel I can do anything," Aoki said in the afternoon through translator Kosuke Inaji.
Aoki was pulled from the lineup after batting practice and taken for a second X-Ray that revealed the fracture. He said he felt pain while warming up during BP.
"It's the type of pain I couldn't play with," he said. "I was definitely surprised. I came here ready to play. It was really weird that it got worse."
The injury is a serious blow to a lineup that already is without Hunter Pence. Aoki is 10th in the National League with a .317 batting average and he leads the Giants in on-base percentage (.383) and stolen bases (12).
"It's certainly a hit, for sure, the way he's been playing," Madison Bumgarner said. "But if we want to be the ballclub we want to be, someone has to step up."