Monday night's outing may have been a make-or-break one for San Francisco Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. An All-Star in 2011 and a key part of the franchise's second World Series title in three years last season, Vogelsong was off to a disappointing start in 2013. There was even speculation the 35-year-old could potentially lose his spot in the rotation. One of the feel good stories in baseball over the last few years, the right-hander had compiled a 1-4 record with an 8.06 ERA entering his start against the Washington Nationals. But for the first five innings against the Nats, Vogelsong appeared to be back on track. With the Giants ahead 6-0, he had allowed only three hits in 79 pitches and lowered his ERA by nearly a full run to 7.19. Then came his at-bat against Craig Stammen.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Vogelsong swung awkwardly at Stammen's 89-mph fastball that was up and in. It hit him on the right hand. Nicole Vogelsong, the pitcher's wife who is active on Twitter, sent this out during the game:
Ryan has a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his pitching hand. It's broken above & below finger. Surgery tomorrow, out 6 weeks.
— Nicole Vogelsong (@nicolevogelsong) May 21, 2013
Then after the game, the team had this to report:
Vogelsong - Break in the pinky knuckle and one other spot. He'll have surgery tomorrow and will miss 4-6 weeks. #SFGiants
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 21, 2013
No matter how long he's out, the news was tough to take for a guy who was in the middle of a bounce-back start. San Fran beat Washington 8-0.
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