The Giants’ most durable player and first half MVP is headed to the 10-day injured list ahead of a pivotal stretch of games.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford was diagnosed with a mild left oblique strain and will miss the next 10-to-14 days due to the injury.

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Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Crawford felt the oblique issue on his final swing in St. Louis on Sunday and had a MRI on Monday in Los Angeles. Infielder Thairo Estrada will play in Crawford’s place at shortstop for Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers and Kapler said Estrada will receive the majority of the starts at the position while Crawford is out.

The Giants recalled infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento to take Crawford’s roster spot, but Vosler is not viewed as a potential replacement at shortstop. Instead, second baseman Donovan Solano will provide depth behind Estrada.

Kapler said the decision to call up Vosler instead of Mauricio Dubón, who has played shortstop for the Giants this year, was a reflection of the team’s confidence in Estrada. Since arriving via a trade with the New York Yankees in April, Estrada has provided quality at-bats at Triple-A and forced his way to the majors by hitting .385 with a 1.057 OPS in 37 games.

In 31 at-bats with the Giants this year, Estrada has 10 hits including one double and a grand slam he hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month.

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Kapler said Crawford, who has played in more than 85% of the Giants’ games in each of the last nine seasons, was really disappointed to be placed on the injured list, particularly because the club plays seven games against the Dodgers over the next 10 days.