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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
The Giants wound up with a minor casualty on Sunday after Angel Pagan's walkoff inside-the-park homer the day before -- Pagan.
Pagan injured his left hamstring, but not while racing around the bases; the injury occurred earlier in the game while playing center field. Pagan, who had a right hamstring strain earlier in the season, was held out of Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Rockies as a precaution, but the injury is not considered severe.
The Giants, though, will be without reliever Santagio Casilla for an undetermined time. Casilla will have surgery at Stanford soon to remove a cyst in his right tibia.
Trainer David Groeschner told reporters that while Casilla was able to pitch with the issue last year, the cyst has grown and is causing more discomfort.
Casilla's knee will be immobilized a few weeks, but beyond that, the Giants cannot project until after the surgery.
Casilla's absence is one reason the Giants elected to keep reliever Chad Gaudin in the bullpen rather than move Gaudin into the rotation spot left vacant when Ryan Vogelsong went on the DL with a fractured right pinkie.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 4-2, 2.89) at A's (Dan Straily, 2-2, 5.73)
--RHP Santiago Casilla will undergo surgery next week to remove a cyst from the tibia just below his left knee, the Giants announced Saturday. The fact that the cyst is below the knee and not on the knee is considered good news and should shorten his recovery time. A better estimate will be available after the surgery, but the Giants are hoping to have their trustworthy, late-inning reliever back before the end of June.
--RHP Matt Cain (4-2) survived a wild first two innings to win for the fourth consecutive time in May after having gone winless in April. He also beat the Rockies two starts ago in Colorado despite allowing six early runs. Five walks in the first two innings quickly ran his pitch count into triple figures, and he was pulled after five innings. He struck out six.
--LHP Madison Bumgarner is pitching better than his record (4-2) indicates. After recording a win in each of his first three starts, he's won just once in his last seven starts despite allowing two or fewer runs in five of those games. So you might expect another sharp effort Monday when he faces the A's in Oakland. Then again, it took one of his poorer efforts (11 hits in six innings) to record a 9-8 win in Oakland last season. On that occasion, he was coming off a great outing in a 2-1 loss to Seattle. This time? An eerily similar performance in a 2-1 loss to Washington.
--LHP Mike Kickham is expected to make his major-league debut Tuesday when the Giants take on the A's in Oakland. Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced after Sunday's game that Kickham, who has been pitching at Triple-A Fresno this season, would be promoted Tuesday and then start the game in injured Ryan Vogelsong's spot in the rotation. The 24-year-old has won his last three starts for Fresno, allowing only three runs in the process, but that's just improved his record to 3-4. Among his mediocre stats at Fresno this season: 58 hits allowed in 54 innings. He was the Giants' sixth-round pick in 2010.
--OF Angel Pagan added another chapter to Saturday's game-winning, inside-the-park home-run saga. He insisted Sunday that he'd made the 360-foot dash around the bases in pain. Pagan said he strained his left hamstring in the outfield earlier in the game. It was bothering him Sunday to the point where he was given the day off by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The leadoff hitter announced after the game he's "very positive" he'll be back in the starting lineup Monday when the Giants visit Oakland.
--RHP Tim Lincecum learned a valuable lesson Saturday: Don't be in such a hurry to congratulate a teammate, even if it's following one of the most exciting plays in baseball. Like 23 other teammates, Lincecum rushed out of the Giants dugout to mob Angel Pagan after he'd ended Saturday's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Rockies with an inside-the-park home run. But Lincecum, the slightest of all Giants, was a victim of the human dogpile, spraining his left ankle. He thinks he'll be fine to make his next start, but maybe that's the face-saving side of him talking. Stay tuned.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You've got to take advantage of mistakes at this level." -- 1B Brandon Belt, who hit back-to-back doubles with Andres Torres that provided the difference in a win Sunday. The hits followed a costly Rockies error that opened the door for an all-unearned, three-run fifth inning.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--OF Angel Pagan (strained left hamstring) was hurt May 25 and sat out May 26. Pagan was "very positive" he'll be back in the starting lineup May 27.
--RHP Tim Lincecum (sprained left ankle) was hurt May 25. He thinks he'll be fine to make his next start.
--RHP Santiago Casilla (right knee cyst) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. Casilla will undergo surgery the week of May 27 to remove a cyst from the tibia just below his left knee, the Giants announced May 25. The fact that the cyst is below the knee and not on the knee is considered good news and should shorten his recovery time. The Giants hope he is back before the end of June.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He underwent surgery May 21, and he's expected to be out until at least early July.
--INF Tony Abreu (left knee strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He played May 3 and May 5 on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, but he didn't play again the next two weeks.
--RHP Eric Surkamp (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He is unlikely to return before midseason.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP George Kontos
RHP Chad Gaudin
LHP Jose Mijares
RHP Jean Machi
RHP Sandy Rosario
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Nick Noonan
INF Brett Pill
LF Gregor Blanco
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
OF Andres Torres