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Latest on Bumgarner's Playing Status
Thursday, March 17
Bumgarner said he is "on target to start Saturday, but he is taking it day by day," according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bumgarner Dealing with Foot, Rib Injuries
Sunday, March 13
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner has neuroma in his left foot and pain in his right rib cage, though an "MRI showed no oblique injury."
Bumgarner Not Expected to Miss Time in Regular Season
Sunday, March 13
Bumgarner said he'll be ready for Opening Day, per Pavlovic.
"I have two things that aren't a big deal," he said, via Schulman. "There's no sense making them a big deal. So we're going to skip a start, one or two just to be safe."
Giants Need Bumgarner Healthy to Make Another Playoff Run
Bumgarner was excellent for the Giants once again last season, finishing 18-9 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 234 strikeouts in 218.1 innings. His WHIP, strikeouts and innings tallies were all career bests.
He was a bright spot for the team, which failed to reach the playoffs after winning the World Series in 2014.
Bumgarner pitched like a legend in the postseason that year, finishing 4-1 in six starts and recording a save in a relief appearance in Game 7 of the World Series, in which he threw five shutout innings on two days' rest.
He finished the playoffs with a 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings—perhaps the most impressive run by a pitcher in postseason history.
With a healthy Bumgarner leading their rotation, the Giants are a threat to not only reach the playoffs but also make a run at another World Series title. Without him, however, the road to October will be much more difficult to traverse.
San Francisco has a talented rotation behind Bumgarner, with offseason additions Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija ahead of Jake Peavy, Chris Heston and Matt Cain. Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez headline a talented bullpen.
But Bumgarner is the main attraction, which means any injury he suffers is cause for at least some concern in the Bay Area.