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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
Kyle Crick, 20, is the Giants' latest prime-time prospect hoping to go from high school to the majors in a hurry.
Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner broke into the majors before their 21st birthdays, Cain in 2005 and Bumgarner in 2009.
Both at age 20.
In fact, Bumgarner was the second-youngest Giants pitcher to start a game in the team's San Francisco history, next to Mike McCormick, who was 19 in 1958 when making his first start.
Now comes Crick, who won't do what Cain and Bumgarner did -- reach the majors before 21 -- but has the potential to get there before too long. He's at Class A San Jose, and only an oblique injury this season detoured his rise to Double-A Richmond.
"Any time you pitch in the Cal League at 20, you're on a faster track," Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said. "His track has been slowed by the injury."
Perhaps not for long. In Crick's first two starts following the injury, he pitched a total of nine scoreless innings. In five starts on the season -- his first three were in April -- his ERA is 0.48 with 30 strikeouts and 13 walks in 18 2/3 innings.
"He's got excellent stuff, and he's going to be fun to watch as we go," Evans said. "He's a Giant to watch, for sure."
Regarded as the Giants' best pitching prospect, Crick was the 49th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Much lower than Bumgarner, who was taken 10th overall in 2007. Cain was picked 25th overall in 2002.
Bumgarner had made 63 appearances (62 starts) in the minors before his promotion, Cain 76 appearances (75 starts).
Crick has made just 35 appearances (27 starts). He turns 21 on Nov. 30.
"He shows maturity on and off the field," Evans said.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost three
PAST 10 GAMES: 1-9
NEXT: Giants (Matt Cain, 5-4, 4.29) at Reds (Mike Leake, 7-3, 2.52)
--RHP Santiago Casilla allowed just one hit in two innings Tuesday night for Class A San Jose. He'll likely make one more rehab start before rejoining the Giants rotation, but he won't be reinstated any earlier than Friday. Casilla has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a bone cyst in his knee which required surgery.
--2B Marco Scutaro has been bothered with back soreness since spring training. He was given a day off Wednesday when his back began to act up again. Tony Abreu started at second baase and batted second in his place. "He's trying to be a warrior and play through it," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He's at a point where he needs a break." Scutaro is batting .312 with 17 doubles and 18 RBIs in 71 games.
--INF Tony Abreu hit his first home run of the season Wednesday night. He was making his seventh start of the season, playing second base and batting second in place of Marco Scutaro who was resting his sore back. Abreu hadn't homered since Sept. 16, 2012. He is 7-for-15 in his past seven games.
--SS Joaquin Arias entered Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning and flew out to right with the bases loaded. It was Arias' first appearance since straining his left hamstring on June 24. He remained in the game at shortstop and doubled in the 11th inning. Arias had been testing his hamstring with pregame running and finally felt well enough to play the field.
--RHP Matt Cain is looking to build off his past five starts in which he went 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA, the fifth-lowest ERA in the major leagues since June 2. In his past three starts on the road, Cain is 1-0 with a 0.83 ERA. But his success against Cincinnati has been mixed. Cain is 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 starts.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a good night for our bullpen. I put them in a tough situation. My pitch count was high. I have to start getting more action in three pitches. I got too deep in counts." -- LHP Barry Zito after a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - ROSTER REPORT
--INF Joaquin Arias (left hamstring strain) came out of the June 24 game. He didn't play June 25 to July 2, although was available to pinch-hit July 1-2.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 8. He underwent surgery May 21. He threw off flat ground to Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner prior to the July 1 game in Cincinnati. "He's excited he can do some things now," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who added there are no immediate plans for a rehab assignment for Vogelsong.
--RHP Chad Gaudin (bruised right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. He threw a bullpen session June 29 and is expected to be activated July 6, the first day he is eligible to return.
--CF Angel Pagan (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 28. An MRI revealed bursitis, and he received a cortisone shot May 29. He began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on June 20, but he fell while running the bases and was carted off. He had surgery June 25, and he's out until September.
--RHP Santiago Casilla (right tibia cyst) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He had surgery May 28. He began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on June 30, there was no timetable for his return.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Mike Kickham
LHP Javier Lopez
LHP Jose Mijares
RHP George Kontos
RHP Sandy Rosario
RHP Jake Dunning
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Tony Abreu
INF/C Hector Sanchez
LF Andres Torres
CF Gregor Blanco
RF Hunter Pence
OF Juan Perez