Giants Ace To Miss Significant Time After Dirt Bike Accident

by Rocco Constantino | Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner is expected to miss significant time after being injured in a dirt bike accident in Denver where the Giants are in town to play the Colorado Rockies.  Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and the team has not communicated any timetable for his return.  Bumgarner’s injuries are listed as bruised ribs and a sprained left shoulder.

In the corresponding move, the Giants called up Chris Stratton to take Bumgarner’s place on the roster.  Bumgarner last pitched two days ago and was projected to start next Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw.

Bumgarner’s shoulder injury is of the most concern and the early prognosis is that he has a Grade 1 or Grade 2 AC joint sprain.  AC joint sprains are graded on the 1-6 Rockwood Scale with a Grade 1 being the least severe.

According to the New York Bone and Joint Specialists, a Grade 1 AC joint sprain is a simple sprain with a stretched or partially torn ligament without a separation of bone.  A Grade 2 sprain involves the rupture of a ligament.  The AC ligaments attach the collarbone to the shoulder blade.  The recovery time listed for a Grade 1 or 2 sprain is listed as two to 12 weeks, without consideration that the person is a Major League pitcher.

Although nothing has been made official, Bumgarner is not likely to pitch in the majors again until June at the earliest.  Ken Rosenthal cites a source that has Bumgarner out six to eight weeks.

Bumgarner has been released from the hospital and is back with the team.

Bumgarner has been a hard-luck pitcher this year as he is off to an 0-3 start with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.074 WHIP this season for the underachieving Giants.

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Rocco Constantino
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Rocco is the author of 50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball (Available on Amazon now!) and former Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He is also a die hard Mets fan going back to the awful early 80's and ready for the revival. D2 NCAA softball coach and athletics administrator. Follow Rocco on Twitter @mlb100years.

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