SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants were without the services of first base and outfielder coach Roberto Kelly for the opening game of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kelly, 48, was injured Saturday when, during batting practice, he was hit in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of catcher Buster Posey while standing with his back to the plate just outside the protective screen in front of second base.
“He’s got a concussion and I don’t see him being here at least these two games, if not longer,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Sunday’s game. “He’s at home. He’s resting well. He didn’t sleep much last night.
“So, for the time being, the plan is to put Joe Lefebvre out there (at first base).”
Bochy went on to say that Lefebvre, the assistant batting coach, will help with the direction of the outfielders as well.
“He’s played outfield. He’ll be in charge of hopefully getting them in the right position,” Bochy said. “He’s got some experience. He’s been coaching in the big leagues. He’s been here all year.”