The San Francisco Giants, and several other big-league teams, got a scare on Saturday when lefthander Madison Bumgarner was hit in the left elbow by a line drive in the first inning against St. Louis. He was removed after two innings, but X-rays provided positive news.
The X-rays came back negative and Bumgarner was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. The 29-year-old Bumgarner is in the last year of his contract pitching for the last-place Giants and is expected to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline. The Twins are among the teams interested in Bumgarner.
Bumgarner, 29, stayed in the game immediately after being hit in the arm by a Jose Martinez comebacker but, according to Anne Rogers of MLB.com, his elbow became “really swollen,” and the Giants opted to pull Bumgarner. He gave up one run, four hits and struck out two.
Look at the welt José Martínez put on Madison Bumgarner's pitching arm with a liner pic.twitter.com/RYdHanJf5S
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“I knew it wasn’t broke,” Bumgarner told The Athletic. “But it hit me in the arm. So I let them come out. … I felt fine. It looks bad, but it felt fine. It feels fine now.”
Bumgarner would typically be expected to start the Giants’ first game after the All-Star break Friday at Milwaukee, according to The Athletic, but it likely will be at least a day or two until his availability is determined.