Side tightness forces Crawford to leave game

Side tightness forces Crawford to leave game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford was pulled after the seventh inning of Tuesday's 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs with tightness in his left side.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Crawford felt his side tighten up on him after he struck out swinging to end a 12-pitch at-bat against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.

"I had to take Crawford out," Bochy said. "His left side tightened up on him. The last swing he took in that long at-bat, it tightened up quite a bit. It wasn't worth the risk to keep playing."

The Giants skipper added he considers Crawford day to day.

"There's a little tightness," Crawford said after the game. "I didn't want to risk any further injury. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.