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San Francisco Giants: Bumgarner Lands on Disable List

Adversity became deeper for the San Francisco Giants as their ace will miss a few starts. Madison Bumgarner hurt himself in a dirt bike incident during the Giants’ off-day and was put on the disabled list. Bumgarner’s presence will not only be missed on the mound but at the plate with the power he brings.

The Giants have been searching for answers since Opening Day. At the plate, the offense has been in a drought scoring little runs. Sometimes the offense comes to life to offer run support for the pitchers. In Bumgarner’s case, the team is 0-4 in his starts. His most recent outing came Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals in a 2-0 loss.

No timetable was announced, but Bumgarner is expected to miss six to eight weeks according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Bumgarner sprained his throwing shoulder and bruised ribs from the dirt bike incident in the Denver area. Should Bumgarner be out for an extended period, rehabilitation could push his return until after the All-Star Break.

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San Francisco opens a three-game series this weekend against Colorado and currently sit last in the NL West at 6-10. Though the season is only a month in, Thursday’s off-day for the Giants was needed for a team searching for consistency at the plate. But with their ace now out for a lengthy period, the team must rally behind each other or they may find themselves in a big hole.

Though Bumgarner will be sorely missed, the Giants’ rotation still boasts quality pitchers with Johnny Cueto leading the charge. Cueto is 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA in three starts this season. After Cueto, pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Matt Cain need to be consistent in their starts. While Cain showed signs of his old form against Kansas City, Samardzija has been inconsistent this season with a 6.16 ERA.

Bruce Bochy had planned to use Bumgarner as a possible pinch-hitter for his ability to send one over the fence. Bumgarner made his presence known with two home runs against Arizona on Opening Day. Bochy will now have to use another option. Depth has been an issue as the Giants lack power behind the starters.

Before the injury to Bumgarner, outfielder Jarrett Parker was placed on the 10-day disabled list last weekend. He suffered a broken right clavicle after crashing into the left-field wall and immediately left the game. Left field was already an issue as the Giants have no homegrown talent for an everyday left fielder.

Ty Blach is expected to fill Bumgarner’s spot in the rotation. Last season, Blach went 14-7 with AAA Sacramento owning a 3.43 ERA before getting called up by the Giants. Blach has been expected to join the Giants’ rotation at some point and will now have an opportunity to make his case. As a reliever this season, Blach has posted a 5.79 ERA in six appearances.

Should the rotation sputter, Tyler Beede could make an earlier debut this season for the Giants. Beede made a big impression during camp with his command and pushed for a roster spot. What he followed up with was a strong performance is his first start for Sacramento going six innings and allowing only one earned run. In three starts so far, Beede is 1-0 with a 3.78 ERA.

A big challenge is ahead as the Giants will have to carry on without Bumgarner’s presence. Though one player should not define the team, current effort by the Giants says otherwise. This cannot be the start of a downward spiral for a team still searching for chemistry. Hopefully, the Giants will still be in contention when Bumgarner returns.

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