Apr 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher David Huff (34) in the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Giants won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Update: David Huff has officially been placed on the 15-Day Disabled List, per the Official SF Giants Twitter feed.
It’s another day and another chance for the San Francisco Giants to break their slump. We thought heading into battle the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field would be just what the Giants needed. But after the beating the Giants took last night while the Rockies had batting practice on them, I’m not so sure anymore. However, it’s another day, and another chance to get back on pace.
Okay, let’s start with the important stuff. David Huff is
likely heading to the disabled list according to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle. Huff strained his left quad last night running to first base on the Giants first hit of the game. Here’s his quote from Bruce Bochy.
"“It doesn’t look good,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He did a pretty good job on it. I think we can assess it better tomorrow, but more than likely he’s headed to the DL.” – SF GIANTS UPDATE: Huff likely headed to the disabled list, Henry Schulman, SF Chronicle"
It’s also interesting to note that he may not be replaced by another pitcher, despite the Giants carrying 13 early on this season.
Huff has pitched 7 innings this season with a 3.86 ERA. He’s not been lights out, but his presence in the bullpen will be missed. My guess is that he’ll be replaced with Juan Perez, who was recently optioned to Fresno to make room for the returning Jeremy Affeldt, and the 13th pitcher spot. Since Perez was sent down, the Giants have been without a 5th outfielder. So far it hasn’t mattered, but it could have last night after Angel Pagan got tossed for arguing pitches in the later half of the game. Gregor Blanco came into replace him and I immediately noted that we didn’t have anymore outfielders.
So Bochy claims Pagan was already coming out of the game? Really? Your best outfielder is coming out before Michael Morse in the ocean that is the Coors Field Outfield? I’m not sure I buy his comment for the simple fact that Morse seemed to be the likely choice to be replaced out there, and for the fact that Pagan was tossed way before Bochy made his way out there. Pagan got tossed almost immediately. Though I am curious to know what he said to the ump that caused him to get tossed immediately. I’m hoping we’re not about to see a return of Pagan from a couple seasons ago, slumping, and arguing with every single pitch over the plate that doesn’t go his way. I didn’t like that guy. In news you probably already knew, Ryan Vogelsong was “embarrassed” by this outing last night. Yeah, we were embarrassed for you man.
The Twittersphere exploded about Vogelsong, and we won’t share the worst of it, but we did ask the question about how much longer he stays in the rotation.
I’d say I’m in agreement that he gets a few more starts, yes, but that we can’t get too far back in the standings. Yusimerio Petit seems to be the likely candidate to place him at this point in the season.