Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 Days

Brandon Crawford returned to action on Thursday April 17.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 2 Days

Brandon Crawford (hamstring) is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Dodgers.

Crawford also missed Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, but he was able to take grounders on Thursday afternoon and is aiming to return Friday.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 3 Days

Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' starting lineup for Wednesday's game due to a tight right hamstring.

Crawford downplayed the injury, saying he could have played if needed. As it is, he'll be available off the bench for manager Bruce Bochy and hopes to be back in the lineup Thursday. Joaquin Arias started at shortstop in his place Wednesday.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 6 Days

Brandon Crawford hit one into McCovey Cove in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Giants a 5-4, walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Crawford picked a good time for his first home run of the season and his first splash down of his career. He'd delivered an RBI on a sacrifice fly earlier in the contest, giving him two RBI on the day. The shortstop is mostly glove but has become a better offensive player in recent years, and he's hitting .308 in early action this year.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 19 Days

Brandon Crawford will be benched this season against some left-handers.

Given his career .214/.272/.297 batting line versus southpaws, he probably would be benched against all of them if the Giants had a viable alternative. Joaquin Arias will play short against some lefties, with Brandon Hicks handling second base. "I need to hit better against left-handed pitchers. I know that," Crawford said. "I'm going to go out there and do my best, and hopefuly I have those good at-bats. I know (manager Bruce Bochy) is trying to put the best lineup on the field. I want to be part of the best lineup."

Brandon Crawford SS SF 27 Days

Brandon Crawford belted his first home run of the Cactus League season, leading the Giants to a 13-9 victory over the Royals on Sunday.

The veteran shortstop went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBI on the day. Even with the nice day, he's hitting a paltry .239/.250/.370 on the spring, and shouldn't be counted on as anything more than a middle infield option in NL-only leagues.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 7 Months

Brandon Crawford tweaked his right oblique during Sunday's victory over the Padres, and will head for an MRI exam on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old defensive wizard unexpectedly contributed a little with the stick this season, hitting .248/.311/.363 with nine homers, 52 runs, 43 RBI and a stolen base in 499 at-bats. He should have no problem being ready for the beginning of the 2014 season.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 7 Months

Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

Ehire Adrianza will get his first career major league start. Crawford should be back in action Friday.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 9 Months

Brandon Crawford finished 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI Wednesday against the Mets.

Crawford went 7-for-14 against New York after collecting just one hit in the nine contests heading up to the three-game series. He's batting .270/.331/.383 over 300 at-bats.

Brandon Crawford SS SF 10 Months

Brandon Crawford (fingers) returned to the Giants' lineup Saturday.

Crawford missed three games due to sprained fingers on his right hand. The injury no longer appears to be a concern at this point.