SF Giants’ Brandon Crawford exits game vs. Braves with knee contusion

ATLANTA — The Giants won the replay review and scored a go-ahead run, but they lost shortstop Brandon Crawford for the remainder of the game and potentially longer.

On a sacrifice fly from Luis González in the fourth inning of their game Tuesday against the Braves, Crawford appeared to injure his left leg while scoring at home plate. Crawford was initially called out — and seemed to react late to there being a play at home plate at all — when Michael Harris II’s throw from center field beat him home.

Upon review, Crawford was called safe, giving the Giants a 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Giants announced Crawford was diagnosed with a left knee contusion.

During the play, Crawford’s right leg appeared to get twisted while crossing home plate, then had his left leg caught under catcher Travis d’Arnaud’s shin guard. After spending a few minutes sitting on the dirt behind home plate, Crawford limped back to the dugout with a trainer, appearing to favor the right leg and shaking his left leg.

He was replaced at shortstop by Thairo Estrada, who slid over from second base. Wilmer Flores entered the game to take over at second.

Crawford’s 1,469 games at shortstop are the most in franchise history. He has never missed more than 24 in a single season.

Since trading Mauricio Dubón earlier this season, the Giants don’t have much shortstop depth behind their ironman veteran. Besides Estrada, nobody else on the active roster is capable of handling the position, meaning the Giants may need to recall a backup in the event that Crawford requires a stint on the injured list. (Flores was once a highly regarded shortstop prospect, but he was moved off the position as a 24-year-old, six years ago.)

Their 40-man roster is almost as barren: the most likely candidate to come up from Triple-A Sacramento would be Donovan Walton, the utility man acquired from Seattle earlier this year, who has primarily played second base but can slide over to short in a pinch.

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