Update: Per team sources Bumgarner suffers a grade 2 shoulder sprain and will return around the ASB.
Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after his involvement in a serious dirt bike accident, John Dickinson, of 95.7 The Game, said. The four-time All Star suffered both a shoulder separation and rib injury in the accident.
“It is currently uncertain if he has a grade one or two shoulder strain,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. “He could be out four to eight weeks depending on severity.”
Losing your team’s best starting pitcher is always tough, but it is even worse when you are last in your division like the Giants are in the National League West. Bumgarner had an 0-3 record before going down with the odd injury, but he had been pitching just fine. He has 28 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched in four starts, including a complete game. However, he has been unable to tally a win due to his team’s early season offensive woes.
More pressure will not be placed on Johnny Cueto, Matt Moore and a resurgent Matt Cain who suddenly has a 3.31 ERA in three starts this season. However, the team’s real problem lays within its starting lineup. While losing Bumgarner is not ideal, the Giants have more pitching depth than they have in the lineup. Nonetheless, Bumgarner is a top-of-the-line pitching talent who should be stashed in fantasy leagues until he returns sometime before the All Star Break, if not sooner.
Pitching coach Dave Righetti told CBSsports.com that Ty Blach will fill Bumgarner’s spot in the starting rotation. Blach, a left-handed pitcher like Bumgarner, had a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings last season, including two starts. He also had a 14-7 record and a 3.43 ERA in 26 starts with the team’s Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats in 2016.
While Blach has been announced to get the first shot at replacing Bumgarner, Tyler Beede a former first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, is likely one step closer to making his Major League debut. In 2016, Beede posted a 2.81 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 24 starts with the organization’s Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats.
But for now, Blach is the biggest fantasy beneficiary of the Bumgarner injury. Even so, fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Blach because of how little run support the Giants have been providing this season.