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Drew Smyly will be out for a while

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The latest on Smyly, Sam Coonrod, Trevor Cahill, and Yolmer Sánchez.

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It looks like Drew Smyly is going to be out for a while. The left-handed pitcher left Saturday’s game due to a finger issue, and was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Sunday with a left index finger sprain.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants updated his medical status, saying that he will not be allowed to throw for the next 7-10 days, and the Giants will next check on him when they return home at the end of their current road trip.

The last game of the 10-day road trip is Wednesday, Aug. 12 which, for perspective, is about seven years from now.

That means that Smyly is unlikely to be throwing once he’s eligible to come off the IL. He’ll surely need some rehab time or simulated starts at the Alternate Training Site in Sacramento before the Giants are ready to put him back on the mound in an MLB game.

In other words, get used to life without Smyly for a while. That’s a bummer, since the veteran was off to a good start, with 11 strikeouts to 4 walks in 8.1 innings, and a 1.84 FIP.

The Giants also updated the injury status of three other players:

  • Right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod, who hit the IL at the end of last week with a Grade 1 right lat strain, will be checked on at the end of the week, and could start throwing again over the weekend.
  • Veteran right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill, a non-roster invitee who had a fingernail issue on his right index finger prior to the start of the season, threw his first living batting practice of the season on Monday.
  • Veteran middle infielder Yolmer Sánchez, a non-roster invitee who was dealing with back spasms in Summer Camp, is “progressing well,” and the organization hopes to play him in simulated games this weekend. Though with Donovan Solano playing so well, and the roster trimming to 28 players this week, his path to the active roster is going to be a little bit difficult.

All things considered, the Giants seem to be doing better with health than a lot of teams, as they’ve avoided any serious, season-threatening injuries. Let’s hope it stays that way.