Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner left Saturday night's home start against the St. Louis Cardinals after two innings because of a first-inning line drive that deflected off his pitching elbow in the first inning. Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP and a two-time 18-game-winner for the Giants, is in the final year of his eight-year, $58 million contracts and is widely believed to be available at the July 31 trade deadline.
The Cardinals' Tommy Edman singled to centre field to lead off Saturday night's game, and Jose Martinez then hit a line drive that ricocheted off Bumgarner's left elbow and over to third baseman Pedro Sandoval, who had no play. St. Louis went on to score a run in the first, as did the Giants in the bottom of the inning. Bumgarner gave up a single in a scoreless second inning before right-hander Sam Dyson came on to start the third.
Bumgarner entered the game with a 5-7 record and a 4.02 ERA in 18 starts. He had won his two previous starts, allowing three runs and seven hits in 13 innings with 20 strikeouts. The left-hander was 115-90 with a career ERA of 3.09 in 273 appearances, all but three of them starts, before Saturday.
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