SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants put Ryan Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and prepared to be without their right-hander for two months in yet another challenge for their struggling starting rotation.
Vogelsong had surgery Tuesday morning at Stanford, one day after breaking his pitching hand while at the plate. The expected recovery time is four to six weeks, but Vogelsong likely would need a rehab assignment before re-joining the Giants.
“I’ll be back, no question about that,” said Vogelsong, who waited to greet his teammates after Monday’s win, his right hand wrapped. “It stinks. It stinks because it had been so rough, to go out there and feel like my old self again.”
X-rays revealed he broke two bones in his right pinkie area and dislocated a knuckle that couldn’t be immediately popped back into place by the medical staff, Vogelsong said. He was hurt on a fifth-inning swing when he chased an inside fastball from Craig Stammen during an 8-0 victory against the Washington Nationals.
The injury came as Vogelsong was putting up his best outing of the year and felt like his former dominant self. He had a 6-0 lead at the time of his injury, and had pitched five scoreless innings for his first victory since April 11, snapping a six-start winless stretch.
Vogelsong is off to a slow start this year, and he’s not alone. The Giants’ typically steady starters — Madison Bumgarner, Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum and Tuesday night’s pitcher, Matt Cain — began the day with a 4.78 ERA.
Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla also went on the disabled list Tuesday because his troublesome right knee still isn’t fully healed despite the use of two different braces.
“Casilla’s just not 100 percent,” assistant general manager Bobby Evans said.
Cotts back in majors; Pierzynski activated: Left-hander Neal Cotts is back in the major leagues for the first time since 2009. The Texas Rangers called him up from Triple-A Round Rock before Tuesday night’s game against Oakland. Cotts had ligament replacement surgery in 2009.
Texas also activated catcher A.J. Pierzynski from the disabled list. He was in the starting lineup after being out since May 6 with a strained right oblique muscle.
Swisher on paternity list: The Cleveland Indians placed first baseman Nick Swisher on the paternity list Tuesday after he and his wife welcomed their first child.
Swisher’s wife, JoAnna, had a girl. He must remain on the paternity list one to three days.
Swisher is in his first season with the Indians. He is batting .274 with six homers and 16 RBIs.
Street in Montreal named for Hall of Famer Carter: In Montreal, a stretch of road in front of the stadium where he began his Hall of Fame career has been renamed in honor of former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter.
Signs indicating Rue Gary-Carter were already in place on Tuesday as municipal officials announced the renaming of Faillon Street West outside of what used to be Jarry Park after the most popular player in the history of the team.
A larger celebration is planned for June 15 when Ahuntsic baseball park in the city’s north end will be named for Carter, who died last year of brain cancer at 57.