Madison Bumgarner Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Foot, Ribs and Recovery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is set to miss one or two spring training starts with foot and rib injuries, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.

Continue for updates.

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.

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