Bruised but not beaten, Bumgarner ready to face the Brewers in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — When Madison Bumgarner took a 98.3-mile per hour drive off his left elbow on Saturday at Oracle Park, the hearts of the 32,487 fans in attendance skipped a collective beat.

Bumgarner immediately knew the bruise would be bad, but after coming out of the game ahead of the third inning due to swelling, he remained confident he would make his next scheduled start in Milwaukee.

After spending the week playing catch at his home in North Carolina, Bumgarner confirmed he’s ready to pitch on Saturday at Miller Park against the Brewers.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team’s training staff checked out the sturdy left-hander and reported that there’s no swelling where a line drive hit by Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez made contact with his elbow. Unless his arm swells up overnight or in the bullpen ahead of Saturday’s game, Bumgarner will pitch.

“We had the training staff look at it and they say he’s good to go tomorrow, so right now, he’s the scheduled starter,” Bochy said.

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Saturday is an opportunity for Bumgarner to show he’s not suffering any lingering effects from the elbow contusion against a solid Brewers offense. The Giants ace could be one of the top pitchers available on the trade market ahead of the July 31 deadline, but if he pitches well and his team continues to play well, it’s possible the Giants will hang onto him for the remainder of the season.

Neither side has ruled out the possibility of Bumgarner returning to the Giants this winter, but the 10th-year veteran will likely want to gauge potential interest from other clubs as he’s set to hit free agency for the first time in his career.

It’s unclear what kind of contract Bumgarner, who will turn 30 on August 1, will command, but a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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