Five pins for Vogelsong, surgery possible for Casilla

Five pins for Vogelsong, surgery possible for Casilla
May 21, 2013, 5:15 pm

"Right now, we’re looking at it internally. That’s what we’ve been talking about." -- Bruce Bochy on replacing Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is expected to be sidelined for at least six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured pinkie finger on his pitching hand Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Vogelsong had five pins inserted in the finger to stabilize the area; his pinkie was crushed when he swung at an inside pitch in the fifth inning Monday night. He’ll be in a cast for several weeks, Bochy said. 

The Giants are considering all internal options for Vogelsong’s replacement in the rotation; his turn would come up on Sunday, but the Giants will push it back until Tuesday’s game at Oakland. They’ll move up Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner to pitch on regular rest Sunday and Monday, respectively.

It makes sense to slot Vogelsong’s replacement a day after Bumgarner, who has been pitching the most dependably deep into games.

Bochy mentioned left-hander Mike Kickham and right-hander Shane Loux as possibilities at Triple-A Fresno; right-hander Yusmeiro Petit has an oblique injury and is not an alternative. The club also could pull right-hander Chad Gaudin out of the rotation to start; he made 19 starts as recently as 2009 with the Padres and threw 72 pitches in relief of Vogelsong last week in Toronto.

Bochy did hint at another roster move coming up on Tuesday, though. So perhaps the Giants are leaning a bit more toward keeping Gaudin in a relief role.

Loux and Kickham are scheduled to pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, for the Grizzlies and will make their starts, Bochy said. Either pitcher still would have a full complement of rest to start Tuesday for the Giants.

As for trades or waiver claims? Bochy said he wouldn’t rule anything out, but “right now, we’re looking at it internally. That’s what we’ve been talking about.”

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In other news, right-hander Santiago Casilla was placed on the DL because his right knee flared up after he pitched Monday night. He’s getting another opinion on his knee Wednesday; surgery is among the possible options to remove a cyst that is causing him discomfort, Bochy said.

“When you start throwing with all arm, you’re risking injury there,” Bochy said. “So we decided to make the move with him.”

Earlier in the day, the Giants called up right-hander Sandy Rosario and brought back first baseman Brett Pill.

Bochy said the six-to-eight week prognosis for Vogelsong is when he’d start throwing off a mound, so his return to the rotation likely would take even longer considering he’d have to build his pitch count again. 

Vogelsong stopped by the ballpark after his surgery and was “in a good frame of mind,” Bochy said. "He's glad to get the surgery over so he can start the clock."

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