Some injury updates for you this morning, from yesterday afternoon.
First up, we have Madison Bumgarner, who is getting closer and closer to his rehab assignment:
Bumgarner is on track to make first rehab start for Sacramento on May 26. Melancon will pitch for them this Sunday or Monday, will likely need two weeks of rehab.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 17, 2018
Next up is Mark Melancon, who threw live bullpen today and also...er...hit Mac Williamson in the wrist with a pitch. But he’s okay, folks! He’s okay.
Melancon threw 20 pitches live BP. Looked good enough to start rehab in minors Sunday. Probably two weeks. #sfgiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 17, 2018
Speaking of Williamson, here’s some good news about him. You might want to start scoping out some River Cats tickets.
Mac Williamson could also begin a rehab assignment shortly. Bochy said he looked great and he’s symptom free.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) May 17, 2018
A wild Joe Panik update for you.
Joe Panik is taking swings in the cage already, is doing well. Mac Williamson has not had any symptoms recently but no date yet for a rehab assignment.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 17, 2018
And finally, some thoughts about Hunter Pence, who is working on his swing in Sacramento:
The Giants haven’t discussed this idea with Hunter Pence, but Bruce Bochy said it’s possible Pence could stay with Sacramento and use a Minor League option if he needs more time to adjust to his new swing. Giants want to see Pence get at least 40 at-bats.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) May 17, 2018
At least it was good news on all fronts - for the most part. No word on Johnny Cueto but I wouldn’t expect there to be yet. The team continues to hang in there in the division, maintaining a tenuous grip on roughly a .500 record as they wait out this slew of injuries. It will hopefully be paying off for them very soon, and that’s some exciting Friday morning news.