Ryan Vogelsong: Replacement options if San Francisco Giants starting pitcher continues to falter

By Matthew Connolly
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Jul 9, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) and catcher Buster Posey (28) confer on the mound during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park. Giants won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The injured: Matt Cain & Jake Peavy

This list wouldn’t be complete without a salute to the wounded soldiers. Welcoming back Matt Cain or Jake Peavy ahead of schedule would obviously be ideal for the Giants, but it appears the club is smartly taking its time with both former aces:

With respect to necessary rehab assignments, it would be surprising to see either before mid-to-late May. But, boy, would an early return for either (specifically to spell Vogelsong) be nice.