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"It’s a little sore. No breaks or anything. It hurts. It hit me square. Deal with it and make my next start. It’s all basically muscle and tissue. Take care of it, and I’m sure I’ll be out there."
—RHP Chad Gaudin, who was hit in the elbow by a line drive Thursday.
NEXT: Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 4-7, 3.61) at Giants (Tim Lincecum, 4-7, 4.57)
RHP Santiago Casilla threw his first bullpen session Thursday since undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his right tibia. The Giants were so encouraged by Casilla’s session, they plan to have him throw more bullpen sessions Saturday and Sunday. The club has announced Casilla will join the team on its 10-game trip that begins Monday in Los Angeles. It’s now likely he’ll be able to return to the active roster well before the originally projected All-Star break, with the first week of July now a possibility.
RHP Chad Gaudin got nailed near the right elbow with a line drive off the bat of the Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich in the fifth inning of Thursday’s 2-1 loss. At first, Gaudin felt he could pitch through the pain. But after a couple of practice pitches, the Giants decided to send him for X-rays. They were negative and Gaudin fully expects to make his next start, Tuesday in Los Angeles. Gaudin was working on a two-hit shutout at the time of the incident.
3B Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to join Class A San Jose for rehab games Friday and Saturday. He is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list Monday for the start of a 10-game road trip.
SS Brandon Crawford thinks he’s ready to play again after spraining the middle and index fingers on his right hand Tuesday against San Diego. Giants management isn’t so sure. Crawford was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game in Thursday’s series opener against the Miami Marlins. The Giants have restricted Crawford to pinch-running for the time being. That’s likely to be the case Friday as well, with hopes for warmer weather Saturday perhaps convincing manager Bruce Bochy to give Crawford the chance he covets. Crawford didn’t get into Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Marlins.
RHP Tim Lincecum used to make a living beating teams like the Marlins. In fact, he’d never lost to Miami until last season, when they scorched him for six runs in a 7-6 Giants loss. When a substandard Marlins team goes up against Lincecum in San Francisco on Friday, it’s the type of game the former two-time Cy Young Award winner would like to believe could be used as a springboard to bigger and better things. But little about this season indicates Lincecum is prepared to take that leap. His 4-7 record isn’t terrible, but consider this: It’s the same record as Friday’s Marlins pitcher, Ricky Nolasco, whose ERA is nearly a full run better. In other words, put Lincecum on the Marlins and chances are 4-7 would be more like 3-8 or 2-9. Does that sound like a guy ready to springboard to anything?
CF Angel Pagan (strained left hamstring) sustained an injury Thursday while rehabbing with Class A San Jose. He fell while running the bases and left the field in a cart holding his knee. The Giants had hoped he would be activated for their series that begins Monday at Dodger Stadium.
Another day, another couple of injuries.
That’s the Giants for you.
On a night pitcher Chad Gaudin took a liner off his right forearm, outfielder Angel Pagan sustained another injury on his minor league rehab assignment.
Pagan, rehabbing a hamstring injury with Class A San Jose in Stockton, fell while running the bases Thursday and was hauled off the field on a cart while holding his knee.
According to reports in Stockton, Pagan was late for the game because of traffic and jogged onto the field during the fourth inning and immediately was inserted into center field. Whether he stretched enough before playing is a question Giants fans were asking.
The Giants anticipated bringing back Pagan by the time they open a series at Dodger Stadium on Monday, but they can cancel those plans.
Pagan hasn’t played for the Giants since the day in late May that he hurt his hamstring and hit a game-ending, inside-the-park homer.
Meanwhile, Gaudin departed after getting plunked. X-rays were negative.
"It’s a little sore. No breaks or anything," he said. "It hurts. It hit me square. Deal with it and make my next start. It’s all basically muscle and tissue. Take care of it, and I’m sure I’ll be out there."
Pagan doesn’t appear so lucky.