Who steps up in Affeldt's absence?
In 4.2 innings this season (six apperances) Jeremy Affeldt has allowed three runs, four hits, five walks, and hit one batter. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
MILWAUKEE – As Jeremy Affeldt injuries go, this one sounds pretty boring.
It has the same impact on the Giants, though.
The left-hander is heading to the disabled list after an MRI exam showed a strained right oblique. Right-hander Jean Machi is en route from Tacoma, Wash., where Triple-A Fresno was about to begin a series.
Because Machi was unlikely to arrive in time to play Tuesday, the Giants haven’t made the roster move official yet.
Affeldt struggled in the four-game series at Wrigley Field over the weekend, retiring just five of the 13 hitters he faced – including one on a sacrifice bunt. But he told Giants manager Bruce Bochy that he didn’t feel anything in his side until Monday’s day off. The team isn’t sure how Affeldt sustained the injury.
Affeldt’s injuries usually have a story attached. He went on the DL in 2011 after accidentally stabbing his hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties. And he sprained a knee ligament last year after his young son went to hug him and crashed into his leg.
Affeldt also had an oblique injury in 2010, but it was on the left side.
Bochy said the club considered bringing up hard-throwing prospect Heath Hembree and also left-hander Dan Runzler, who has thrown much better at Fresno. They would have made a 40-man roster move to add Hembree if they felt he was the best candidate, Bochy added.
“We really haven’t had a good look at him,” Bochy said of Machi, a well-traveled minor leaguer who made his debut last year in his 11th professional season. “This spring, we liked the way he threw the ball. So he’ll get the first look.”
Machi, a forkball specialist, was 1-0 while throwing five scoreless innings in five appearances for Fresno. He had struck out five and walked one.
Bochy added that right-handers George Kontos and Chad Gaudin could slide into the later innings to help shore up the setup staff while Affeldt recuperates. The initial expectation was that Affeldt would be sidelined for just one week, but it could be longer.
In other news, Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo held a news conference in which he apologized for his drunken-driving arrest early Tuesday morning. He blew a 0.22, which is almost three times the legal limit. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said when he talked to Gallardo, he made sure to mention the terrible experience that he endured a few years ago when he was the Angels' third-base coach and pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a driver under the influence. I have to imagine that was a powerful conversation.
Roenicke said Gallardo is still scheduled to start Thursday afternoon against the Giants. But he used the words "for now," so perhaps that might change.