There were several updates coming today for the Giants. Here is a list:
1) Jeremy Affeldt is going to miss the remainder of the season with a hand injury. He cut his right hand and suffered a deep gash that required surgery because of possible nerve damage. Affeldt was apparently trying to separate frozen hamburger patties and the knife slipped. Affeldt hasn’t been really effective this year, so this isn’t a huge loss, but the Giants are left with very little left-handed reliever options. Barry Zito is scheduled to take fielding practice today, and if all goes well, then he will activated from the DL tomorrow and take Affeldt’s place. Jonathan Sanchez isn’t an option to replace Affeldt, because every time he throws, his ankle swells up, so they’ll check him in a few days.
2) Brian Wilson threw 25 pitches off a mound today and plans to throw again on Monday. Wilson is making steady progress, and he wants to pitch even if the Giants aren’t in contention. Bochy and the other team officials haven’t decided yet if they’ll activate him before the season is over.
3) The best news of all is that Ryan Vogelsong won the Willie Mac Award for this year. This award is voted upon by the players and is given to the most inspirational player on the team. Vogelsong currently has a 2.62 ERA with 118 strikeouts and 55 walks. However, he is so much more than great stats. He’s a great story, and he’s a true Giant. Especially since, after winning the award, he told the story of how the Dodgers approached him when he was pitching in the Venezuelan winter league and how he rejected them. He immediately passed and told his catcher, former Giant Guillermo Rodriguez, to ask the Giants if they’d match the offer. Vogelsong said, “I said, `Tell the Giants, because I don’t want to wear Dodger blue.’ I didn’t make that up. I couldn’t see myself as a Dodger.” Smart man.