Injury Bug Bites the San Francisco Oldsters Already

The 2018 San Francisco Giants were built to have their post-season hopes dashed by injuries, but I was hoping that the season would at least begin first.  In nearly the worst possible news the team could receive, Madison Bumgarner will miss at least the first eight to ten weeks of the season with a broken pinkie on his pitching hand.

The Giants were already going to start the regular season with Jeff Samardzija on the disabled list with a pectoral muscle strain, and health concerns have limited Johnny Cueto to only three starts and 9.1 innings pitched so far this spring.  The Giants’ starting pitching isn’t deep, and with all three of the Big Three looking doubtful or worse to start the season, it could be a long season.

Tyler Beede or Andrew Suarez now looks poised to start the season in the Giants’ rotation, and neither currently inspires much confidence.  I guess I’d go with Suarez if the choice had to be made today, because he pitched better at AAA last year and was less awful this spring.  I imagine both Beede and Suarez will be back in major league camp tomorrow and that both will get more than one opportunity between now and the start of the regular season to prove that he’s the guy to start the season in San Francisco.

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