Giants fans lament on Twitter as Bumgarner will miss 'significant' time

Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner underwent successful surgery Saturday to fix his fractured fifth metacarpal, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Those pins can not be removed for four to six weeks.

Making his final tuneup before his scheduled Opening Day start, Bumgarner was struck by a hard shot off the bat of the Royals' Whit Merrifield in the third inning. Bumgarner did not expect something like this to happen, but it did and he will deal with it, he insisted.

Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, missed almost three months last season after a dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy had this to say about losing his ace, "It's just disgusting news for us".

Though, the long-term loss of Bumgarner is bigger news. He finished the season with a 4-9 record in 17 starts and a 3.32 ERA (his first 3.00+ ERA since 2012), 1.6 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 111 innings.

"It's just a downer". "I feel like we've got a good chance to compete and win some games this year".

The regular season hasn't even started and the San Francisco Giants are right baCK TO where they were previous year at this time. "That setback with Samardzija, this is terrible news for us", Bochy said.

The Giants open the regular season in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Thursday.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija will likely begin the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle.

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