San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is on course to go out on a rehab assignment within the next few days. MLB.com's Ian McCue reports that Casilla threw two simulated innings against live hitters on Friday in Colorado. Manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't give a timetable for the reliever's return but did say he could go on rehab 'real soon'.
"Felt good, we'll see how he comes out of it," Bochy said. "We'll make a decision tomorrow morning for him on what the next move is. But possibly could be starting rehab real soon."
Casilla has been on the DL for over a month as a result of a cyst in his right knee. After previously attempting to pitch through the problem by using a knee brace, the cyst ultimately caused too much pain and he ultimately had to have surgery.
Several members of the Giants' bullpen have struggled to get the job done over the last month, emphasising the need to get Casilla back as soon as possible. Although Sergio Romo has continued his excellent season, Jeremy Affeldt has taken three losses in June and Jean Machi has given up six earned runs and 13 hits in his last six appearances, raising his ERA from 2.18 to 3.86. Casilla is a valuable set-up man for Romo and with the Giants' offense not producing, they need their bullpen at full strength to keep them in games.
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