The San Francisco Giants are engaged in an intense St. Louis Cardinals matchup at Rickwood Field. The Giants trailed by three at the bottom of the fifth inning, but before that, the team was hit by an injury scare from outfielder Mike Yastrzemski.

Yastrzemski exited Thursday's game and walked to the clubhouse with trainer Dave Groeshcner in apparent discomfort, per Andre Baggarly. It was later reported that he was suffering from a side issue during the game, per insight from SF Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Hopefully, Yastrzemski's ailment is not serious, and he undergoes a speedy recovery.

The 33-year-old outfielder has been a serviceable depth piece for the Giants early during the 2024 season. Through 66 games, Yastrzemski bats a .220 average and has hit seven home runs. In addition, he has accumulated 28 RBI along with a .704 OPS. Yastrzemski went at-bat once for one hit and one run before exiting Thursday night's Giants-Cardinals matchup.

Mike Yastrzemski's injury adds to a list growing list of woes for San Francisco. Most notably, the team is working star pitcher Blake Snell back into the mix after a groin injury. The Giants placed Snell on the 15-day injured list on June 3rd, but Bob Melvin provided a hopeful update.

Bob Melvin revealed that Snell threw three ups and downs in another bullpen on June 18th, and the session went well, per Furthermore, the Giants are planning on Snell's next step to be pitching in “some kind of game,” according to Melvin. However, the team is still determining the details.

It will only be a matter of time before Snell and the rest of SF's injured personnel recover and get back on the field. For now, the team wants to do what they can to gain momentum and improve their record.

Giants look to close out Cardinals game strong 

San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski (right) is greeted by designated hitter Jorge Soler (left) after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field, Cardinals fans watch on TV
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San Francisco entered their Cardinals matchups with a 36-39 record, which placed them fourth in the NL West standings. SF went 4-6 in their last 10 games before the matchup, so they look to rally and overcome their deficit for a win.

Meanwhile, St. Louis traveled to Rickwood with a 36-37 record, ranking them second in the NL Central. The Cardinals' last 10 games have been the inverse of SF's. They went 6-4 in matchups before Thursday's game. St. Louis is making an impressive attempt to get back in the playoff picture after a shaky start to the season. Yet, the Giants want to halt their progress.

Bob Melvin is passionate about his club's performance. Melvin was not shy about being critical of SF's play during their previous cold streak. He got real on the Giants' execution after their 8-5 June 4th loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Just we just looked like we were running around in quicksand for a while. So is what it is, but doesn't feel very good when you play like that,” Melvin shared.

San Francisco knows it will take a stellar effort to climb the division standings. With continued effort, the Giants could make a push and recover from their cold 2024 start.