DENVER — Madison Bumgarner won’t address his situation until Monday at the earliest, but he did stop by Coors Field on Friday to see coaches and teammates and get treatment for his wounds.
Bumgarner is in a sling but he isn’t having trouble moving around, manager Bruce Bochy said. He’ll fly back with the team Sunday and get checked by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki on Monday. After that visit, the team will have a better idea of a timetable for Bumgarner’s return.
Bochy said that as far as he knows, surgery is not being discussed. While meeting with Bumgarner on Friday, the left-hander reiterated that this all could have been much worse than bruised ribs and a shoulder sprain.
“He’s made reference to that, that he probably was a little lucky,” said Bochy, who crashed a motorcycle in 2001 and was on crutches for six weeks.
The Giants were without another key player Saturday, but it won’t be a long-term thing. Right fielder Hunter Pence has a bruise behind his left knee after an awkward fall Friday night, but he felt like he could play Saturday. With a night game followed by a day game, Bochy elected to hold Pence out for left-hander Kyle Freeland on Sunday. He’s available off the bench Saturday.
“It’s good, it’s fine,” Pence said of his knee. “They wanted to give it a day of rest.”
With Pence out, the Giants turn to one of their weakest outfield groups in years. There’s no way to sugarcoat this one: tonight’s starting outfielders have combined to hit .150 this season.
--- Brandon Crawford will miss three days next week for the funeral of his sister-in-law. Crawford will go on the bereavement list so the Giants can call up a replacement. Given the look on Bochy’s face when a reporter mentioned Christian Arroyo, it won’t be Arroyo. Kelby Tomlinson would be the smart bet.
--- Hunter Strickland did his best to cheer up a group that has taken a few body blows lately. He walked in the clubhouse with a fresh mullet, complete with a couple of stripes on one side. It was actually a pretty solid look. “If it’s not working, change it up,” he said, smiling.
The clubhouse certainly enjoyed the haircut. One player yelled “Joe Dirt!” when Strickland walked past.