Madison Bumgarner Gets The Call

Phil BrennanCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

The Giants have called up their top pitching prospect Madison Bumgarner to make his major league debut against the Padres tonight (9/8).

The opportunity presented itself as scheduled starter Tim Lincecum was scratched from the lineup due to a back strain.  Lincecum is expected to make his next scheduled start. 

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According to Giants' GM, Brian Sabean, Bumgarner will be on a short leash if things get too sketchy for the young 20 year-old in his first major league outing.

The call-up was a bit of a surprise based on the standard dismissive answers Sabean gave previously regarding whether Bumgarner would be brought up to the big league team in previous months.

With the call-up, the Giants now have their future battery mates in place with catcher Buster Posey being called up just last week after rosters were expanded.

Bumgarner was 9-1 in 19 starts at Double-A Connecticut with 69 SO, 30 BB, 1.03 WHIP and 1.93 ERA.

The left-hander was the Giants' 1st round draft pick (10th overall) in the 2007 draft.