Ryan Vogelsong leaves start with fractured right hand

There was speculation that the Giants might soon be removing the mightily struggling Ryan Vogelsong from the rotation. They’ll have to do that anyway now, and it’ll be after what was easily his best outing of the season.

The Giants are reporting that Vogelsong suffered a fractured bone in his right pitching hand after being hit by a pitch during an at-bat in the fifth inning of Monday’s win over the Nationals. Until that moment, he pitched five shutout innings with two strikeouts (he also got credited his second win of the season).

As for what bone is broken and how long he’ll be out, here’s his wifey with a scoop:

Bruce Bochy said as much after the game.

No official word yet as to who takes Vogelson’s spot in the rotation. But a likely candidate is Chad Gaudin, currently the long reliever out of the bullpen. He has a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 innings this season and a 4.54 career ERA.

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