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Giants place Jorge Soler on injured list

The Giants deploy a designated hitter Jorge Soler on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 5, due to a shoulder strain. San Francisco recalled Heliot Ramos from Triple-A Sacramento to take the open roster spot. Ramos will be in the lineup tonight as a DH against Colorado Righty Peter Lambert.

Soler signed a three-year, $42 million free agent deal in mid-February. San Francisco hoped he would add some needed power to the middle of the lineup after hitting 36 home runs for the Marlins last season. It hasn’t happened that way so far. Although Soler is tied for the team lead with five home runs, he is hitting .202/.294/.361 through 136 total plate appearances. He fell into a particularly bad patch in the week and a half prior to the injury. Soler has only scored three goals in his last ten games.

It is not clear how long he will be out of action. The Giants could rotate a few players through the DH spot in his absence. Wilmer Flores got a few starts there while Soler was there daily. Ramos, 24, should also get some run now that he’s back in the majors. The former first-round pick has seen his stock decline in recent years due to continued strikeout issues in the upper minors. However, he is off to a strong start in Sacramento, hitting eight home runs while hitting .296/.388/.565 over 134 trips. He’s still striking out at an increased 27.6% clip, but he’s taking walks and hitting for power.

While the Giants lose one of their biggest pickups this offseason, they could welcome a new one in the near future. Blake Snell has been out since April 23 due to an adductor strain. The defending NL Cy Young winner will throw a bullpen session tomorrow and is scheduled for a rehab start this weekend at Low-A San Jose, tweets Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Snell has struggled in his first three starts with the Giants. The left-hander has surrendered 15 runs in 11 2/3 innings. He has scored twelve hits, but allowed eighteen hits and walked five.