Vogelsong Strong Again In Rehab Start

By Matt Cowlishaw

Ryan Vogelsong made his 2nd rehab start for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels today, his line: 6IP, 5 hits, 1ER, 1BB, 5K’s on 85 pitches.  He had a shutout going until New Hampshire’s Andy Burns homered in the 6th.

May 9, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at AT

Originally the plan was to have this start be Vogelsong’s final rehab outing, however Bochy revealed before today’s game against Tampa that one more rehab start in Fresno may be in the works.

From CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly: “I wouldn’t mind seeing him have to pitch in a little traffic, to be honest,” Bochy said. “Pitch in stress. Have a long inning.”

As of now Vogelsong’s return date is in flux, but it still could be this coming Friday against Baltimore at AT&T Park.  He pitched out of the stretch a few times and didn’t cave in those situations, so Bochy and company may decide to go ahead with a return to the Majors for Vogey rather than a Fresno assingment.  Vogelsong was dominant up until the solo homerun by Burns, so we will see what the Giants’ brass goes with.

In other Vogelsong news, Bochy speculated on the cause of his bad start to the 2013 season, and brought up the issue of pitching in the World Baseball Classic and fatigue.

“The question with the WBC is going to come up,” Bochy said of the World Baseball Classic, “He did crank it up early. Whether that took a toll on him, you don’t know. If anyone could answer that … I don’t know. It might have.”

Vogelsong in 9 starts this season has a 7.19 ERA.  If there is one positive to come out of the injury he sustained on May 20th, perhaps it could be that he got some much-needed rest.  With three playoff series followed by the WBC, one would think that would take a toll on the arm.

The good news is Vogelsong was solid again for AA Richmond, and he should be returning with the next 10 days.