Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong fractured his throwing hand in Monday night’s game after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals.
Vogelsong was in the middle of easily his best start of the season when he swung at an inside pitch from Craig Stammen. The ball appeared to hit him squarely on the knuckles of his right hand, and Vogelsong was in obvious pain. He left the game and was replaced by pinch hitter Nick Noonan.
Nicole Vogelsong tweeted an injury update on her husband during Monday's game:
Ryan has a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his pitching hand. It's broken above & below finger. Surgery tomorrow, out 6 weeks.— Nicole Vogelsong (@nicolevogelsong) May 21, 2013
The Giants led 6-0 at the time and Vogelsong had allowed just three hits. No National had advanced past second base. The right-hander entered the night with a 8.06 ERA and was in desperate need of a good start.