In a press release that came out of nowhere, the San Francisco Giants have announced that they have placed Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list after a dirt bike accident on the team's off day on Thursday in Denver.
Per the team statement, the left-hander suffered bruised ribs and a grade 1 or 2 left shoulder AC sprain. He is currently resting at the team hotel and will be reevaluated next week.
I am sure as heck not a doctor, but it's safe to say that Bumgarner will be out longer than ten days. Ken Rosenthal has tweeted out that the expectation is that he will be out 6-8 weeks, so sometime in June we should expect to see him back. The Giants have not announced a corresponding roster move just yet.
The option that everyone will be hoping for is number one prospect, Tyler Beede, who has compiled a 3.78 ERA over three starts in Triple-A. He is a 23-year-old righty with a 60 grade curve and a 55 grade fastball and cutter. The likelihood that he will be brought up at this point in the season is relatively low, even though the team feels that he's ready.
What will probably happen is that Ty Blach will take the rotation spot in the short-term, and a bullpen arm will join the team. Then, maybe in a couple of weeks someone like Beede, or perhaps Albert Suarez, who is currently on the River Cats' DL, comes up to take that spot.
The injury to Bumgarner definitely hurts the Giants chances this season, but if Matt Cain continues to produce then San Francisco should be able to stay in the thick of things. With the Rockies and Diamondbacks playing well to start the season, there may be more competition than we were expecting for those wild card spots, let alone the division, so an injury of this magnitude sure doesn't help things.
Update: Per Alex Pavlovic, the Giants have called up Chris Stratton, the club's number 21 prospect. Stratton is a 26-year-old righty that was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has allowed nine runs in 10.1 innings pitched with Sacramento (7.84 ERA), though his FIP sits at a more reasonable 4.98. Stratton was scheduled to pitch tomorrow (Sat), so he will have a few extra days before his turn in the rotation comes up, if he is in fact up to take the rotation spot. Beede is scheduled to start Monday's game for Sacramento, so a Tuesday start against the Dodgers would be more in sync with his schedule. Just adding fuel to the fire.