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Giants to place Alfonzo, Grissom on DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants will place third
baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and outfielder Marquis Grissom on the
15-day disabled list Tuesday.

The team plans to recall outfielder Todd Linden and purchase the
contract of outfielder Adam Shabala from Triple-A Fresno to take
their places, spokesman Blake Rhodes said Monday.

Alfonzo injured his left quadriceps while trying to beat out a
double-play ball in the eighth inning Sunday. Grissom, who just
finished a stint on the DL with a bruised knee, has a strained
right hamstring.

The moves are just the latest for the struggling Giants (25-36),
who have lost 14 of 16 and are 11 games under .500 for the first
time since finishing 68-94 in 1996. San Francisco released Jim
Brower and designated reliever Al Levine for assignment over the
weekend.

Jesse Foppert, one of the pitchers brought up from Fresno, will
start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

The Giants, who have struggled all season without injured
slugger Barry Bonds, are 10 games behind San Diego in the NL West.

Bonds, who has had three operations on his injured right knee
since January, is expected later this week to come off oral
antibiotics he has been taking for an infection. Dr. Robert
Armstrong recommended that Bonds not do any impact activities for
at least two weeks.

Manager Felipe Alou talked glowingly over the weekend about
Linden but said he didn't want to bring him up from the minors if
there wasn't a place for him to play. But with Alfonzo sidelined,
Pedro Feliz will likely play third base and a corner outfield spot
will open up for Linden.

Linden, who had brief stints in the majors the past two seasons,
is batting .326 with 19 homers and 58 RBI for the Grizzlies.

The Giants have been plagued by injuries this season. Closer
Armando Benitez is possibly sidelined for the season, and ace Jason
Schmidt and outfielder Moises Alou have also had stints on the disabled list.
Alfonzo is hitting .306 on the season but has shown little power
with just two homers and 30 RBI. Grissom has struggled all year
with a .211 average, two homers and 14 RBI.

Shabala, who is hitting .287 with nine homers and 22 RBI at
Fresno, has never played in the majors.