The San Francisco Giants have announced that reliever
Santiago Casilla will likely miss the next few games to recover from pain in
his right knee caused by a cyst. MLB.com’s
Chris Haft reports that Casilla had the cyst in 2012, but it did not cause any
problems. However, the pain caused Casilla to leave the Giants’ game with
the Philadelphia Phillies this past Wednesday.
At this point, the cyst does not appear serious enough to require
surgery or disable Casilla for an extended length. For now, the plan is to let
Casilla rest his knee for a few days and see how he feels. He could possibly
wear a brace when he resumes pitching.
is 3-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 1 save in 19 appearances. Missing Casilla for a few days will not bother
the Giants as they have plenty of arms in Chad Gaudin, George Contos, and
Sergio Romo among others. The Giants’ bullpen currently
leads the National League in ERA (2.66) and is second in saves (13 for 17)
as play begins on May 10. The bullpen is a major reason why the Giants are tied for first in the National League West as they look to repeat as World Series
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