(KPIX 5) — The Giants sluggish start to the 2017 season got worse Friday when they placed All-Star pitcher Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list.
The team announced that Bumgarner sustained bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder after a dirt biking accident yesterday. He went to the hospital for tests and is resting at the team hotel in Denver.
Manager Bruce Bochy saw his ace pitcher this morning before leaving for the ballpark.
“He hit a slippery spot and went down,” said Bochy. “We’re very thankful is wasn’t more serious.”
Bochy did not provide a timeline for Bumgarner’s return to the Giants rotation, but according to Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, Bumgarner could be gone six to eight weeks.
This is the first time Bumgarner has been placed on the disabled list since he joined the club in 2010.
The Giants play a 3-game weekend series starting tonight against the Rockies. Bumgarner was not scheduled to pitch at Coors Field.
Bumgarner has yet to win a game this season despite a respectable 3.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in four starts. He became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to hit two home runs on Opening Day.
The Giants are currently in last place in the National League West.