Giants Pitcher Shut Down, Likely Done For The Season

After a tremendous start to the season, it's been a rough few months for San Francisco Giants veteran starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani. After registering a 7.06 ERA through his most recent seven starts, the 9-year veteran went on the IL last weekend, but now, it appears his season is likely over. 

DeSclafani received a platelet-rich plasma injection today in his throwing elbow for a Grade 1 strain, and is being shut down for 6-to-8 weeks. That would, at best, allow him to start throwing and ramping around September 18th, which would give him no time to be ready to take the mound again before the end of the season. 

After an ankle injury reduced him to just 5 starts in 2022, the 33-year-old has faced more injury troubles this season, including a toe injury, shoulder fatigue, and now the elbow strain. He began the year in very promising fashion, with a 2.13 ERA through his first six starts. 

Of course, injuries have turned the Giants' starting staff, as a whole, into a shell of itself, and they are basically going with a two-man rotation of Logan Webb and Alex Cobb, then openers and bulk relievers for three games. 

It's a tough break for both DeSclafani and the Giants, as they continue to try to stay in playoff position, currently tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for the first two Wild Card spots, and three games up on the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds battling for the other spot. 

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