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Madison Bumgarner pitching hand broken after being hit by line drive

26 March, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Feb 25 2018 Scottsdale AZ USA San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner has undergone surgery to have three pins inserted into the broken pinkie on his pitching hand. No timetable has been set, but some estimates are expecting it'll be six to eight weeks.

Bumgarner was hit on the hand by a line drive off the bat of Royals infielder Whit Merrifield during the third inning of San Francisco's matchup with Kansas City on Friday. He added that his teammates can handle it as well. "But it happened and I can deal with it". "Horrible news for us", Bochy told reporters after Friday's game.

Our models had projected the Giants' ace for a 3.56 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 192 strikeouts in 204-plus innings pitched this season before the injury.

Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, missed almost three months last season after a dirt bike accident April 20 during a day off in Colorado.

Bad news for the San Francisco Giants as they try to bounce back from a 98-loss season.

Bochy said the injury was disappointing and that he feels for Bumgarner. He threw only 111 innings. While he missed significant time following the off-field accident, he has been durable on the field in previous seasons and entered the 2017 campaign having made more than 30 starts in six straight years.

Bochy did not have a very good Friday.

The Giants will also be without right-hander Jeff Samardzija for up to three to four weeks to open the season after an MRI on Thursday revealed a strained pectoral muscle.



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