May 5, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants' Santiago Casilla placed on disabled list; George Kontos called up

The San Francisco Giants place relief pitcher Santiago Casilla on the disabled list yesterday after he strained his hamstring running to first base in Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies. In a corresponding move, the Giants called up George Kontos from Fresno.

Casilla underwent an MRI on Thursday.

The results of Santiago Casilla’s MRI are in: Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. He’s expected to miss four weeks.

Santiago Casilla out four weeks with hamstring injury — SF Giants call up George KontosJohn Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

According to Shea, Casilla was told by manager Bruce Bochy not to swing when he had the opportunity to have a rare at-bat.

“Relievers, they live for that,” Bochy said. “They want that one at-bat. They talk about it. (Casilla) is always joking and walking around with a bat, saying, ‘Let me hit, let me hit.’ Part of the game is to let them have fun. It is a game. You think it’s a low-risk situation, you saw what happened. It’s like these guys got to touch the stove to find out.”

John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

Casilla is the second Giants’ relief pitcher this season to injure himself running to first base. David Huff just returned from the disabled list from a similar injury.

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