Giants notes: Bumgarner one strikeout shy of history

Giants notes: Bumgarner one strikeout shy of history
September 25, 2013, 6:45 pm
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It would have been nice. But I'm not here for personal success.
Madison Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner is set to complete the best season of his young career stuck one strikeout shy of history.

The lefty had 199 strikeouts before his Wednesday start was given to Barry Zito, and if the Giants shut him down for the season -- as is the plan -- he'll finish one shy of becoming the fourth left-hander to reach the 200-punchout plateau in Giants history.

"It would have been nice," Bumgarner said. "But I'm not here for personal success."

The 24-year old did reach the 200-inning milestone, doing so for the third consecutive season, and he believes it to be the best indication of a solid season.

"I feel good about a lot of stuff," Bumgarner said. He was proud of his progress not giving into hitters and holding runners close, but after going 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA that ranks fifth in the NL, he expects improvement.

"There are a lot of areas I can get better," he said.

Not all hope is lost for Bumgarner and that elusive 200th strikeout. Reporters joked with about a relief appearance over the final five games.

"I'll come in and face the pitcher," Bumgarner replied with a smile.

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Marco Scutaro will go under the knife on Friday to insert a pin into his afflicted left pinkie finger.

The pin will straighten and strengthen Scutaro's "mallet finger," helping him compete in 2014 as well as avoid deformation for the rest of his life.

The 37-year old, 12-year veteran said he only experiences pain in his pinkie when he makes diving plays on it. But every time he swings, his left ring finger gives him shooting pain.

The rest his hand will receive during rehab is expected to strengthen his bothered ring finger as well.

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Arias, who was expected to miss a few games after suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday, has not yet returned to the team from a personal matter.

"Not yet," Bochy said around 4:30 p.m. "He's gotta get back from his family issue."

Bochy did not have an estimate as to when the utility infielder would be available.  

Arias, 29, is hitting .271 with one home run in 102 games for the Giants this year.

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Ehire Adrianza made an impressive play in the ninth inning on Tuesday, ranging into the hole to field a grounder by Yasiel Puig before making a strong throw across the diamond for the out.

The 24-year old was out on the field early on Wednesday, practicing his footwork on plays in the hole with Shawon Dunston and a number of coaches.

Scouts have maintained that Adrianza has had an MLB-ready glove since he was 18. The reps he is receiving at the plate this year are invaluable for his development. He's 3-for-13 (.231) in his first seven MLB games, and if he can establish any offensive consistency, he'll give the Giants the luxury of having two capable shortstops -- always a coveted position on the market.

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