Casilla injures right knee in Bumgarner's victory


Casilla injures right knee in Bumgarner's victory


SAN FRANCISCO Giants closer Santiago Casilla, who isputting up All-Star caliber numbers as the replacement for Brian Wilson, leftFriday nights game in the ninth inning after injuring his right knee.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he did not know the severityof Casillas injury, which occurred as he planted while trying to make a playon an infield single in the Giants eventual 4-3 victory.
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But left-hander Madison Bumgarner spoke with Casilla and didnot get an indication that the injury was significant.

I think hes OK, Bumgarner said. Hopefully hell be fine.He thinks so.

Other relievers told me that they thought Casilla justcramped up. Hell be reevaluated and Bochy said he would have more informationprior to Saturdays game.

The ninth inning was painful enough for the Giants, who nearlyblew a 4-0 lead. Bochy was booed loudly upon removing Bumgarner followingback-to-back hits to start the ninth inning, even though the left-hander hadthrown just 102 pitches (and struck out a season-high 11 batters).

Casilla was wild before giving up a three-run homer toAlfonso Soriano. He allowed two of the next three batters to reach, too. BryanLaHair hit a one-out double and Darwin Barney hit a dribbler that Casilla triedto field on the third-base side of the mound.

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Why did Bochy not stick with Bumgarner, who appeared to haveplenty of pitches remaining to go for the first complete game of his career?

"Once the first two got on, I wasnt going to let him grindthrough that, said Bochy, who had Casilla warming up from the beginning of theninth. We had our closer ready. Madison gave up a couple hits and they hadsome right-handed hitters coming up. He did his job. Once you get your closerup, you use him."

Left unsaid: Bochy let Bumgarner try to work out of a late-inning jam at Milwaukee on the last road trip, and Ryan Braun took him deep.

(Bumgarner) was going to have to work hard to get out ofit," Bochy said. I was looking to protect him there.

Bumgarner tried to talk his way into staying, catcher BusterPosey said.

Its not just me, Bumgarner said. Everybody here wants tostay out there and throw 200 pitches, if theyd let us.

Bumgarner has struck out 28 batters over his last threestarts and said he isnt trying to pile up the K cards against the bricks. Butwith two strikes, he admitted hell get into ticket-punching mode.

I just try to keep making pitches and it happens that way,he said.

Posey said Bumgarner established his fastball and cutterearly, then flipped in curveballs when he needed to. He stopped a streak ofthree consecutive losing decisions.

It was the first time in his career that Bumgarner (6-4) struckout double-digits without issuing a walk.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”