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Tuesday BP: Alex Wood to see a specialist, in doubt for Opening Day

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The Giants may be missing a pitcher when the season starts.

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Hello and happy Tuesday.

On Monday, the San Francisco Giants were hit with some rough pitcher news, as Rule 5 selection Dedniel Nuñez suffered a sprained UCL, which could lead to Tommy John surgery. That understandably got the bulk of the attention, but there was more bad pitcher news from the team: starting pitcher Alex Wood is going to visit a specialist due to an issue with his back, which is suffering stiffness.

Insert all of your stiff wood jokes here. Go ahead. Get them out of your system. You done? No, not yet? OK, I’ll give you a few more minutes. Ready now? OK, let’s move on.

Wood has struggled with injuries quite a bit in his career, and has pitched fewer than 50 innings over the last two seasons. The Giants feel like they have a pretty good pitcher if he can stay healthy, but that’s a big if, and it seems like Wood will likely be sidelined when the season begins on April 1.

On the bright side, if Wood has to start the season on the Injured List, it opens the door for Logan Webb, who has been absolutely lights out during Spring Training. The Giants seem fine with that scenario, as manager Gabe Kapler told reporters “I think we have Gausman, Cueto, DeSclafani, Sanchez and Webb as five great rotation options and we also have some off days early on and there are lots of ways to be creative at this point.”


Old, random MCC article for you to read

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How many days until Opening Day?

There are 16 days until Opening Day.

I hope you all have a really great Tuesday.