Giants Lose Bumgarner To Fractured Hand

Giants Lose Bumgarner To Fractured Hand

Giants Lose Bumgarner To Fractured Hand

Not long after that, the Giants faced a Royals' split squad, and ace Madison Bumgarner suffered a broken pinkie finger that is expected to keep him out of action until the All-Star break. No timetable has been set, but some estimates are expecting it'll be six to eight 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.

His strong spring performance (2.84 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 19 innings in five starts) had the Giants hopeful after he missed extended time last season resulting from a dirt bike accident. He chased after the ball but was unable to pick it up, and was immediately visited by manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer before exiting the game.

Though, the long-term loss of Bumgarner is bigger news. He went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts and threw just 111 innings. This marks the second straight year Bumgarner will miss Opening Day with an injury. The team opens its season on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29. "Horrible news for us", Bochy told reporters after Friday's game.

Bochy said the injury was disappointing and that he feels for Bumgarner.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija will likely begin the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. "It happened. There's nothing we can do but push on".

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