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May 21, 2013
Vogelsong has five pins inserted in pinky, likely out 6-8 weeks

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Ryan Vogelsong had surgery to insert five pins into his fractured right pinky finger today and that the procedure "went well." Bochy said he's hopeful Vogelsong will be able to return to pitching off a mound in six to eight weeks.

Vogelsong was injured swinging at an inside pitch in the fifth inning of the Giants' 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. He suffered a dislocated knuckle and two fractures, one each above and below, on the pinky finger of his throwing hand.

As of now, the Giants have not decided on what to do with Vogelsong's next turn in the rotation, which they can push back to next Tuesday because of an off-day Thursday. Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner will be moved up in the rotation to pitch on regular rest.

Long reliever Chad Gaudin is an option Tuesday as are Mike Kickham and Shane Loux, who are both pitching at Triple-A Fresno. Asked about the possibility of looking outside for help, Bochy said the Giants are "weighing all the options right now" but are focusing on their internal options.

How Bochy has to use his bullpen over the next few games could have an effect -- he said he wouldn't hold Gaudin out of a winnable game in the interest of saving him to make a start Tuesday. He also said as far as he knows Kickham and Loux will make their next scheduled starts for Fresno.

The bullpen also has a different look now after the Giants placed right-hander Santiago Casilla on the disabled list Tuesday along with Vogelsong. Casilla has been nursing a sore knee and felt more discomfort after pitching in the Giants' win Monday night. He had been wearing a brace, but it apparently didn't have much of an effect.

Bochy said Casilla will see a specialist tomorrow to get another opinion on the knee and didn't rule out surgery as an option. "I think once he gets another opinion tomorrow we'll see what's the best way to go with him," Bochy said. "That's always a possibility."

The Giants called up Brett Pill to fill Vogelsong's roster spot Tuesday and right-hander Sandy Rosario for bullpen depth.

Bochy said Vogelsong stopped by AT&T Park today briefly after the surgery and was "in a pretty good frame of mind."

"He was glad to get the surgery out of the way and hopefully get this clock moving to getting back on the mound," Bochy said.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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