Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner breaks pitching hand after getting hit by liner

Jan 26 2018 Kissimmee FL USA Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas during NFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Giants star Madison Bumgarner fractures pitching hand during game
Kelvin Reese | 26 March, 2018, 01:38

According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, Bumgarner will undergo surgery Saturday to have pins put in place in his knuckle. Those pins can not be removed for four to six weeks. With AP Photos.San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner broke a bone in his pitching hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Whit Merrifield during a spring training game. In the meantime, with Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) expected to open the season on the disabled list and Johnny Cueto off schedule, Ty Blach now appears to be the favorite to start for the Giants on Opening Day.

Following six consecutive seasons with 10 wins or more, over 200 innings pitched and 30 or more starts, Bumgarner was 4-9 with an ERA of 3.32 in just 17 starts in 2017.

In news that no baseball fan likes to hear, even fans of the San Diego Padres and other NL West teams that have to face him year in and year out, San Francisco Giants' left-handed ace, Madison Bumgarner has fractured the pinky finger his left (pitching) hand after taking a comebacker off of it in his Spring Training outing on Friday.

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Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, missed almost three months last season after a dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado. Last season was the first time since he started 18 games in 2010 that he didn't have at least 31 starts for the season. "That setback with Samardzija, this is awful news for us", Bochy said.

Bad news for the San Francisco Giants as they try to bounce back from a 98-loss season. "I feel for him", Bochy said Friday. "It happened and there's nothing else we can do now except push on".

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