By Chandler Guadagnin
Thursday was dooms day for the Giants. It was a pure Spring Training nightmare. In Friday’s 9-6 loss to the Royals, a sunny Arizona afternoon, became dark.
Not only did the Giants lose their final game in Arizona, the Giants lost their Opening Day starter to boot. On the first pitch of the third inning, a Whit Merrifield liner caught Madison Bumgarner flush on the left hand, causing a deep silence to fall over the ballpark. Not long after the end of the play, Bumgarner marched off of the mound with head trainer, Dave Groeschner. From that point on, the game broadcast was filled with speculation and nervous anticipation.
After the conclusion of the game, San Francisco released the results of the X-Ray, announcing that Bumgarner, does indeed have a broken pinkie.
This Spring Training, Mad Bum tallied a record of 1-2. In 6 Spring games, Bumgarner posted an ERA of 3.43, striking out 30 and surrendering 18 hits over 21 innings pitched.
Bumgarner is expected to miss the first 6 to 8 weeks of the year. This news will indeed have a trickle down effect on the Giants season.
Derek Holland, who was battling for a spot in the Giants rotation, now finds himself in the middle of it. In addition, Johnny Cueto will likely start on Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
On top of that news, the Giants announced the time table for Jeff Samardzija’s return from injury. Samardzija, who sustained a right pectoral muscle strain, in a Wednesday minor league start, will miss up to one month of the season.
The Giants find themselves in an uncertain situation, to say the least. However, one thing is for sure, San Francisco’s offseason additions will need to step up more than expected.
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