Ryan Vogelsongs 2012 season isnt off to a dream start. The right-hander wont pick up a baseball for the first 7-10 days of the spring after straining his lower back in the weight room a week ago.
I got a little frisky one day, said Vogelsong, who sustained the injury the day after the Feb. 6 FanFest. I was doing some squats and feeling good, so I put a little more weight on and I tweaked it. It was nothing I hadnt done all winter.
Vogelsong is not listed with either group of pitchers to throw off a mound. Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are in Sundays group. Brian Wilson and Madison Bumgarner headline Mondays group.
Vogelsong was more irritated than concerned about the setback.
Im not in pain. I dont really feel it, he said. We just want to make sure its really, really strong before we start pushing forward. This is the conservative time of the year.
It just stinks that it happened. You work all offseason to be ready the first day of camp, and so to have this happen is a little damper. But its better than the middle of June.
Vogelsong won his first big league game in six years last season after the Giants signed him as a minor league free agent then went on to make the NL All-Star team, lead the staff in ERA and pick up a Cy Young vote.
The Giants cant bank on finding another Vogelsong. Those kinds of stories happen once every few decades, not every year. With a lack of rotation depth, its vital that Giants starters including Vogelsong -- remain healthy this spring.
On Monday morning, some important details emerged.
The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.
Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.
The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.
The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.
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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.
In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.
He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.
Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.
We have some sad news to report.
Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.
Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.
Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.
When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.