I know, I know. You don’t care right now. You’re stress-eating until we get some news about Johnny Cueto. Fair enough. Pass the ice cream.
I’m not going to say the Giants are snake-bit. Because the entire NL West is riddled with injuries. It’s a bad year for it, and we all have a right to complain. Corey Seager just got Tommy John surgery, for crying out loud. It’s a mess.
With the Giants losing Joe Panik for approximately six weeks to thumb surgery and now Johnny Cueto going on the DL for elbow inflammation, it’s looking rough for the Giants for the next few weeks, at least.
However, there is some good news! Madison Bumgarner was cleared to begin throwing. The fact that he’s been cleared to throw means that his recovery is progressing well and there haven’t been any set-backs.
And that’s about the best news we could hope for about him. Considering he cannot be activated until May 25th, this gives him time to start rebuilding his strength without added pressure of trying to rush back sooner.
He will basically have to start his spring training all over again before he can come back, so don’t get too excited about that date just yet. But the fact that he is throwing again is promising. And a hopeful sign for a team that needs a little good news right about now.
The Giants have done their best to tread water while Bumgarner has been out, going 15-14 for the month of April. However, with the as-yet unknown extent of Cueto’s injury looming over the team and with Jeff Samardzija struggling in his season thus far, the team is once again going to have to find more ways to come up with wins until one or both of their aces come back.
For Bumgarner, at least, we know that day is coming fairly soon. For Cueto, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.