Giants manager Bruce Bochy has confirmed that 24-year-old southpaw Eric Surkamp will be recalled from Double-A Richmond to make his his Major League debut against Houston on Saturday. Surkamp was 10-4 with a 2.02 ERA with the Flying Squirrels in 22 starts this season. He also turned in a WHIP of 1.08 and an impressive K/BB of 3.75. Bochy didn't rule out the chance that Surkamp could make more than one start if it went well on Saturday.
Surkamp will fill the spot, for now at least, that was first occupied by Barry Zito, and then handed over to Jonathan Sanchez when Zito went on the DL for the second time this season. Sanchez was then placed on the DL, leading to Dan Runzler making an emergency start, which did not go well. Instead of bringing back Runzler for a second start, or going with veteran Guillermo Mota, Bochy opted to go with the young arm in Surkamp.
Surkamp is the latest in a long line of homegrown Giants starters, including ace Tim Lincecum, veteran Matt Cain and World Series hero Madison Bumgarner. A sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft, Surkamp spent last year in high-level A ball, posting an ERA of 3.11 in just over 100 innings. While he may not be around for too long this season, Giants fans can expect good things from Surkamp down the road.