In his first media appearance since injuring his pitching shoulder in a biking accident, San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner said his unfortunate mishap is “just a freak deal” and not “some kind of crazy wreck”.
A day ago, reports stated that the 2014 World Series MVP bruised his ribs and sprained the AC joint on his left shoulder. It was later confirmed by the team, who also said he will miss at least six to eight weeks, or maybe longer after a re-evaluation.
“I’m not exactly sure what happened. It was a surprise to me too,” said the lefty to the media. “I wish I had some kind of cool story for you that it was some kind of crazy wreck, but it really wasn’t anything spectacular, just super unfortunate.”
“I was actually being pretty safe the whole time, it was just a freak deal. It happened right at the end. That’s really it,” said Bumgarner.
The Giants have been one of the most dominant teams in recent history after winning World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, but they have been struggling in the last three seasons and started 2017 winning only seven of their first 20 games.
Bumgarner is 0-3 in four starts but has a relatively low 3.00 ERA in 27 innings pitched, meaning he lacks run support needed to win games. The scorelines of those games, which were all losses, were 5-6, 1-2,1-3 and 0-2.
Among five team starters, MadBum has the second-best ERA, following former ace Matt Cain’s 2.42 ERA in four starts. Jeff Samarsdzija is 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA in four starts, while Johnny Cueto is 3-1 with a 5.25 ERA, and lefty Matt Moore is 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA.
With Bumgarner set to sit out eight weeks, he might miss four or more starts, which will certainly not help the Giants’ dire situation.
Already a three-time champion and a one-time world series MVP, Bumgarner carries a heavy chip on his left shoulder. And at only 27, he is still learning what responsibilities come with the tag as the face of the franchise.
“It’s terrible,” said Bumgarner. “Obviously that was not my intentions when I set out to enjoy the off day. I realize that;s definitely not the most responsible decision I’ve made.”
“It sucks not being able to be out here with my guys and try to help us win some games. It’s just very unfortunate. I’ve talked to a lot of them. They know where I’m at, and everybody’s been supportive too. The organization, the guys, everything.”