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Madison Bumgarner finally will make his season debut

The day has come! 

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner | AP

The Giants are getting their best player back.

Madison Bumgarner will make his much-anticipated season debut Tuesday night against the D-backs at AT&T Park, as he returns from the 60-day disabled list. Bumgarner fractured the fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand on a comebacker during the final start of what was a stellar Spring Training. Over 8 1/3 innings in two rehab outings, Bumgarner gave up just two hits, one for a solo homer, with 15 strikeouts and one walk.

 

Bumgarner will square off against Arizona's Patrick Corbin, who has been one of the Majors' best starters this year but is coming off his worst outing: a six-run showing over six innings against the Reds on Thursday.

The Giants have held their own without their ace through the first two months -- they enter Tuesday at 30-30 and just 1 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West -- yet they will be in much stronger standing with the four-time All-Star back atop what has been a beleaguered rotation. In addition to Bumgarner, San Francisco's de-facto No. 1, Johnny Cueto (right elbow sprain) and Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder tightness), its Nos. 2 and 3, are both on the disabled list.

 

This is the second year in a row Bumgarner has missed significant time due to injury. He was limited to 17 starts last year after separating his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident during an off-day in Colorado last April, which marked the first time in the left-hander's now 10-year career that he went on the DL. Bumgarner returned to post a 3.32 ERA over 111 innings in 2017, but he went just 4-9 as the Giants tumbled to 98 losses, their second-worst season since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

 
Daniel Kramer MLB.com

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