COMMENTARY | The San Francisco Giants have been blessed with great health over the past year or so, but those blessings seemed to end recently with injuries to two key pieces of their pitching staff. Here's a quick look at the current state of the Giants' disabled list:
Ryan Vogelsong, SP
15-day DL (May 21), Broken Finger
Out 6-8 weeks
Vogelsong had a rough start to his season but seemed to have found his form during his last start against the Nationals; unfortunately, he was hit on the right hand with a pitch during an at bat and suffered fractures to his pinkie. Vogelsong had successful surgery to repair the damage and is likely to miss 6-8 weeks, which would put him on pace to return to the Giants' rotation sometime in late July. The Giants haven't announced who will replace Vogelsong, though signs point to minor league pitcher Mike Kickham being given the opportunity.
Santiago Casilla, RP
15-day DL (May 21), Cyst on Right Knee
Casilla's right knee flared up this week and signs point to the right hander having surgery to remove a cyst that's causing the discomfort. The Giants have known about the cyst all season long, but it's only recently started bothering Casilla to the point where it affected his pitching. The Giants may prefer Casilla opt for surgery now so that the same discomfort doesn't pop up again later in the season. Losing him would be a big blow to the back end of the Giants' bullpen, as Casilla has been one of the team's most reliable late-inning relievers over the past three seasons. Jean Machi will likely get more opportunities late in games, and if Casilla has to miss an extended period of time don't be surprised to see top relief prospect Heath Hembree called up to San Francisco.
Tony Abreu, IF
15-day DL (March 22), Left Knee Strain
Abreu has been out since the end of spring, but he's recently started a rehab assignment in triple-a Fresno and has been hitting the ball well in his short time there. Abreu was signed with the idea that he'd be able to replace Ryan Theriot on the Giants' bench, and don't be surprised to see him on the big league roster once his rehab is complete. Nick Noonan has done a nice job as a reserve infielder, but he's a young player and the Giants likely want him to get more playing time. Abreu is a veteran who can fill in at a number of positions around the diamond, and the Giants are probably anxious to see him healthy.
Eric Surkamp, SP
15-day DL (March 22), Recovery From Tommy John Surgery
Surkamp had successful elbow surgery last year and is continuing his rehab and recovery. His return is unknown, though he certainly would've come in handy with the injury to Vogelsong.
Dave Tobener is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer who's covered the Giants for the better part of a decade. His work has appeared on numerous sports websites, including Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew. You can follow him on Twitter @gggiants.
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