Madison Bumgarner placed on DL after dirt biking accident


Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career Friday.

The injury was not incurred during his much-anticipated return to the Kansas City mound; he sprained his left shoulder — you know, the one he throws with — and bruised his ribs in a dirt bike accident during Thursday’s off day in Denver.

The Giants classified the left shoulder AC sprain as “grade one or two,” and Bumgarner will be re-evaluated next week.

The four-time All-Star was hospitalized after the incident and is now resting at the team hotel.

As for the state of the rotation: lefty Ty Blach is the next man up, presumably. He has a 5.79 ERA in 4-2/3 innings this season, but has yet to get a spot start under his belt in 2017.

Bumgarner’s next scheduled start would have been against the Dodgers on April 25. Blach has a solid history against the Dodgers, pitching 11 shutout innings — including an eight-inning start — last season.



Shayna Rubin is SFBay’s San Francisco Giants beat writer. Follow @SFBay and @ShaynaRubin on Twitter and at for full coverage of Giants baseball.

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