The San Francisco Giants are struggling. They are just three games back in the National League West, but they are four games under .500. They just got blown out by the Reds in a rain-shortened game. The team needs some good news, and they got it yesterday. Ryan Vogelsong took a major step forward in his recovery.
Chris Haft of MLB.com says Vogelsong threw yesterday for the first time since fracturing his pinkie. He threw 30 times from varying ranges between 40-65 feet. Vogelsong will continue to throw and progress until he can pitch off a mound. Once that happens, he will likely be sent out on a rehab assignment. The Giants are probably a few weeks away from getting Vogelsong back, but this was a positive step.
"When you're dealing with rehab, it's always good to hit a goal or the next step of the process," Vogelsong said.
Vogelsong was injured when he was hit by a pitch back in late May. The pitch rode up and in on Vogelsong as he was trying to swing. The ball hit Vogelsong on his right pinkie and immediately sent him to the locker room. It was not long before the fracture was diagnosed.
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Prior to the injury, Vogelsong was struggling. This season, he is 2-4 with a 7.19 ERA. The Giants hope he can turn that around when he comes back healthy. Of course, not much has gone right for San Francisco this season, so all they can do is hope at this point.
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