BREAKING: San Francisco Giants Ace Madison Bumgarner to 60 Day DL
The San Francisco Giants announced this morning that they are placing Madison Bumgarner on the 60 day disabled list.
He will not be eligible to return until May 25th at the earliest. The move was necessary because pitcher Andrew Suarez has been called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the team needed to make a move on their 40 man roster.
Instead of designating a player for assignment and risk losing a player to another team, they made the decision to transfer Bumgarner to the 60 day DL.
The move is not as drastic as it sounds, as Bumgarner is not expected to be ready to pitch until after May. At the time of the injury, the hope was he could return in June.
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Johnny Cueto, who has pitched brilliantly so far this season with a 2-0 record and a 0.69 ERA, was officially placed on the 10 Day DL, retroactive to April 7.
Steven Okert, who was brought up last night along with Tyler Beede as part of the team’s taxi squad, was sent back down to make room on the 25 man roster for Suarez.
Suarez was a second round pick of the Giants in the 2015 draft out of the University of Miami, chosen one year after Beede. It is impressive that they should follow each other on back to back nights for their major league debuts.
As Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group pointed out, this will be the first time rookies have started back to back games for the Giants since 1976.
Suarez has a 3.20 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP with 7.9 strikeouts per nine over 342.2 innings pitched across all three levels. He has one start so far this season, going four innings, allowing one hit while walking and striking out four.
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He will be the first Giant from the 2015 draft class to make it to the big leagues.