SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants second baseman Bill Hall needed seven stitches in his lower left leg after getting spiked by Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett during the fourth inning of San Francisco's 2-1 win Thursday night.
Hall said after the game that the cut went down to the bone and was "pretty bad, to say the least." The stitches will need to stay in for a few weeks, and he expects the injury to keep him off the field for more than just a couple of days.
The play occurred in the top of the fourth, when Bartlett slid into second base on a steal attempt. Bartlett was tagged for the first out of the inning, though his cleats dug deep into Hall's lower leg in the process. Hall immediately reacted in pain, limping around the infield before walking off the field.
"He just hit the bag and his cleats popped up and happened to hit me in the flesh," Hall said.
"Fortunately, we got a good call on the play," he added.
Hall said this is the second time in his career he's been badly injured on this kind of play. The other time, he said, the runner's spikes dug so deeply into his leg that his kneecap was showing.
"It was nasty," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got spiked pretty good there."
Emmanuel Burriss entered the game to replace Hall, batting seventh in the order. The Giants don't feature much depth at the middle-infield spots. They used Miguel Tejada at second base on Tuesday and Wednesday -- his first two games at the position in his lengthy Major League career. And with Bochy saying before the game that utility man Mike Fontenot isn't quite ready to return from his rehab assignment, it's likely Burriss and Tejada will see even more time at second if Hall is out for more than a few days.
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.