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SAN FRANCISCO — Just as the Giants’ starting rotation returned to full force, another starter was forced back to the shelf Friday in a move that raises both short- and long-term concerns.

The inflammation in Anthony DeSclafani’s right ankle that flared up late last season and already cost him two months this season will force him to miss more time.

The Giants placed him on the 15-day injured list Friday after two disappointing starts since returning from the 60-day injured list.

DeSclafani, who has a 9.95 ERA in five starts this season and hadn’t pitched past the third inning since being activated, never fully healed from inflammation in the ankle he uses to push off with in his delivery. In the two starts he made since returning to the Giants, manager Gabe Kapler described DeSclafani “hitting a wall.”

“When you’re trying to build up to be a starting pitching, hitting a wall with something as important as your drive ankle is not conducive to success going forward,” Kapler said. “I think there’s real concern there. He’s battled through this for a really long time. He’s pushed himself. He’s rehabbed. He’s done everything he possibly can and he’s still hitting the wall.

“It’s not the best takeaway when you’re not able to get over the hump and feel like your best and most effective version of yourself as a pitcher. I think we’ve gotten to a place now where we need to protect him and consider all options, but the first thing is not having him go out and make another start.”

Asked if surgery was an option, Kapler responded that “everything’s on the table.”

The Giants must take DeSclafani’s long-term health into consideration because they signed him to a three-year, $36 million contract before this season. After posting a 3.17 ERA in 31 starts last season, the Giants rewarded him with the longest contract handed out to a pitcher by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

In the short-term, though, DeSclafani’s absence presents problems for the Giants’ pitching depth.

Beginning Friday night against the White Sox, the Giants face a stretch of 17 games in 17 days before the All-Star break. And without DeSclafani, they only have four healthy starters.

“You would like to have off days spliced in there. It just makes things easier,” Kapler said. “But we’re no different than any other team that doesn’t have a perfectly healthy rotation. Right now we’ve got four healthy starters and that’s not the worst position to be in.”

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DeSclafani, who was also working on the shapes of his two-seamer and his slider while recovering from the ankle injury, was slated to make three more starts before the All-Star break.

Jakob Junis, who filled in brilliantly the last time DeScalfani was shelved (2.63 ERA in 48 IP), is still recovering from the hamstring strain he suffered a little more than three weeks ago. He threw a two-inning bullpen session Friday but won’t be an option for the Giants for at least another week or two.

The most likely option to fill those might be lanky right-hander Sean Hjelle, who was in the Giants’ clubhouse Friday but not activated for their series opener with the White Sox. Hjelle, 25, has gotten two brief call-ups this season and just turned in his most effective outing of the season at Triple-A, going five shutout innings while striking out six with no walks on Sunday.

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Getty JaMychal Green guards Jonathan Kuminga during a bout between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors‘ 2021-22 season may have had a storybook ending with their NBA championship run, but the offseason has gone another way entirely. More than anything, it has been a period defined more by what the team lost than what it was able to gain.

Several players from the Dubs’ title-winning roster found their way to new hardwood destinations, including some old faves in Damion Lee and Juan Toscano-Anderson, as well as key contributors like Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr.

That’s not to say, though, that the team was totally blanked during free agency. In fact, Warriors president Bob Myers acquitted himself fairly well in his attempt to replace what was lost, while still leaving minutes open for the club’s hot young prospects to take on larger roles next season.

In fact, The Ringer‘s Dan Devine just namechecked one of Myers’ signings as a possible steal for Golden State.

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Devine cobbled together a list of the “most intriguing under-the-radar” acquisitions of the NBA offseason. And the Warriors’ one-year, $2.6 million signing of big man JaMychal Green received a mention in the piece.

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The hoops scribe noted that the Warriors had been on the prowl for “a capable set of hands off the pine just in case young guns Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman aren’t quite ready for prime time” and that they had found their man — at a bargain-basement rate — in the cagey vet.

“Enter the 32-year-old JaMychal Green, who brings 49 games of postseason experience from his years with the Grizzlies, Clippers and Nuggets; who can slot in comfortably at power forward or center; and whom two-time MVP Nikola Jokic once said he’d like to play with ‘for the rest of my life.'”

That’s obviously a huge endorsement from Jokic, but Devine can envision a scenario in which Green similarly endears himself to the Warriors’ big guns.

“If Green can switch screens, protect the rim, and play in space while rehabilitating the three-point stroke that cashed in 38.5 percent of the time over a five-season stretch, Steph, Draymond, and Co. might just find themselves feeling the same way.”

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The Three-Point Drop

Green appeared in 67 games for the Nuggets last season, averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in only 16.4 minutes per outing. For the most part, his per-minute numbers fell in line with those he had established over the course of his eight years in the league. However, the three-point dip Devine referenced was significant.

After attempting just over 60% of his shots from three-point range over the previous two seasons, Green slowed his roll from behind the arc in 2021-22, dropping that portion to 37.9%. And he only managed to convert those attempts at a 26.6% rate, the worst percentage since his rookie season in 2014-15.

If he can recover in the year to come, it’s not difficult to picture him having a Porter-like impact in the Bay Area. But, clearly, there’s some work that needs to be done there.

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