Giants Chatter: Rocks Will Miss Bumgarner, But Return is Imminent

The Rockies won't see Madison Bumgarner in the three-game series at Coors Field, but the lefthander could come off the disabled list as soon as Friday, when the Giants return home.

“We’re going to stay open-minded on anything,” manager Bruce Bochy said when asked whether Friday is a possibility for Bumgarner’s return to the rotation. “As good as he felt last night, it was his first time in a competitive situation, so to speak.”

Bumgarner was dominant over 47 pitches in his first rehab start Saturday night at Triple-A Sacramento. The lefty pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings and struck out eight of his 12 batters, saying afterward his surgically repaired left hand felt good and he was ready to pitch in the majors.

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Hunter Pence is feeling healthy, physically and at the plate. He is anxious to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants.

“My hope is to be up there this instant,” he said. “As soon as they want me up there, I’m ready.”

Pence has not discussed his future with anyone from the club and is not sure whether the Giants want him back.

Pence’s rehab assignment is capped at 20 days by rule. The clock restarted after the Giants paused the assignment for six days, which gives them another week to decide his fate.

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