The San Francisco Giants’ pitching rotation has brought a lot of publicity to the team since it transformed over offseason. With additions like Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to the preexisting talent of Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain to name a few, the Giants won’t have to worry about lack of talent on the mound in the upcoming 2016 season.
However, it seems the Giants have been extremely unfortunate throughout spring training from an injury perspective, as nearly each pitcher in their rotation has undergone some period of absence. Whereas it was Matt Cain last week, it’s Johnny Cueto and Madison Bumgarner this week.
On Monday Mar. 14th, Cueto had his second opportunity on the mound since his debut last week – one that didn’t quite measure up to expectation against the Colorado Rockies. In fact, Monday’s matchup against the Oakland A’s was projected to be Cueto’s shot at redemption. So you can imagine the irony of Cueto taking a line drive to the face from Billy Burns, on his first pitch of the night, which forced Cueto to undergo concussion protocol and left him with a bruise on his forehead.
“First night game, first pitch, he didn’t recognize it off the bat,” said Giants’ general manager Bruce Bochy. “Scary moment. I was just hoping it was more of what it turned out it was, a glancing blow. Still, it caught him pretty good. ”
After he cleared concussion protocol however, he kept on pitching for three more innings. The Giants ultimately lost 10-2 to the A’s.
“We are going to monitor him tonight, tomorrow for concussion symptoms, but he’s shown no sign of that, so he’s just being treated for a contusion,” said Bochy on Cueto after the game.
Bumgarner on the other hand is dealing with a nerve issue in his left foot, alongside rib-cage pain on his right side. “It’s not anything too serious,” Bumgarner said. “We just don’t want it to turn into something serious.”
The only solace Giants’ players and fans can find in these frequent injuries is the fact that they’ve been minor. So far, each pitcher is projected to be healthy in time for season opener.