“Jerry Hairston Jr. upsets Giants after Miguel Rojas pitch hit”. originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Giants pitcher Sean Hjelle bounced back and forth between San Francisco and Triple-A Sacramento during the 2023 season, in part because of his command and control.
In the seventh inning of the Giants’ 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday at Oracle Park, a sinker escaped Hjelle and hit Miguel Rojas in his left hand, near the butt of the bat.
Rojas, the Dodgers’ starting shortstop, left the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. As a precautionary measure, he will not take part in Saturday’s game.
Immediately following Friday’s game, SportsNet LA’s Jerry Hairston Jr. and Orel Hershiser didn’t hold back on the Giants about what transpired on the field and what would have happened during their game.
“I am old. I understand. I’m done,” said Hairston Jr. “Ten years ago someone would have had an accident on the other side because we haven’t heard from Miggy Ro. We don’t know if he’s okay. He may have a fracture. Or even if he doesn’t have one.” If he’s broken, he could have a deep bone bruise that could bother him for the rest of time. I remember ten years ago someone named Hanley Ramirez got hit in the ribs. He was our best player and that had an impact on our team.
“So again, you have to protect your players when you have the opportunity. I’m not saying you have to do it tonight. I’m not saying you have to do it tomorrow. Not even this series. But damn it, you” “I have to protect your boys. Miggy Ro is our starting shortstop and that’s small bones. What they’re doing over there in San Francisco is an absolute joke.”
Rojas spoke to reporters after Friday’s game and said he felt OK, although the Dodgers would send him for a CT scan on Saturday to make sure there was no structural damage as they prepare for the start of MLB’s Prepare for playoffs.
“I’m pretty sure everything will be fine and I’ll be fine for the rest of the season.” Miguel Rojas gives an update on his HBP and positioning as the Giants challenged the game. pic.twitter.com/H8Sxf0rshD
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t seem upset When he spoke to reporters shortly after Friday’s game, he hadn’t said anything at all about Hjelle beating Rojas, but Hershiser wasn’t happy.
“[There] “It used to be purpose pitches, and there were also purpose pitches that you had to pay back, and the payback wasn’t always for a purpose pitch,” Hershiser said. “Sometimes you just made a mistake and when they say it was a mistake, and I understand that.” . But that’s still a problem. They have a playoff team that has a chance to win the World Series.
“They have a starting shortstop who has been swinging the bat great the last two months. He’s a vacuum cleaner at shortstop. You have a certain amount of respect for the team that has beaten you all year long. And then be careful. “You never get close to someone like that.”
Despite all the struggles he’s had this season, Hjelle pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief on Friday night, lowering his MLB ERA to 6.52. He allowed no hits and walked no batters while striking out four.
The Dodgers didn’t retaliate on Friday night, and based on Rojas and Roberts’ postgame reaction, it’s unlikely they will do so in either of the final two games of the regular season this weekend.
That might not sit well with Hairston Jr. and Hershiser.