San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner's recovery from rib and shoulder injuries is going as expected, and the team believes he'll return after the 2017 MLB All-Star break.
“It’s a possibility, yeah,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner returning July 15, per Daniel Brown of the Mercury News. “So far, it’s all been good. So right after the break, we think he’ll be ready to go.”
Bumgarner, 27, has been out since an April dirt bike accident caused bruised ribs and a partially torn ligament in his throwing shoulder. He was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP at the time of the accident.
The four-time All-Star, who is missing his first Midsummer Classic since 2012, threw 62 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento last Friday. He gave up four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.
“I don’t feel very far off,” Bumgarner said, per Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee. “I felt pretty good. The results obviously weren’t very good. That’s not what’s important right now. The important thing is being healthy, and the stamina, and the arm strength, and all that. And I feel pretty good about it.
“The slider wasn’t great. Some were OK, and later on in the game, they got better. That’s the one pitch I’ve got to get a little better with before I’m ready, but it’s close.”
Bumgarner is slated to make another start Wednesday night for Sacraento.
“It’s kind of like spring training,” Bumgarner said. “Just getting the arm strength up and getting in shape to throw seven, eight, nine innings. I can’t go out there and throw 65 pitches; that won’t do much good. I’ve got to make sure I’m ready to go.”