Early into the 2013 season, it’s been a rough go for San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
The back story on Vogelsong reads like a movie script. A one time former high level prospect in the Giants organization who’s traded away where his eventual struggles lead him to Japan and countless minor league stops. Unable to secure a big league job, Vogelsong accepts a minor league contract with his former organization (leaving a minor league offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the table) and eventually ends up playing a key role in their 2012 World Series winning season.
Unfortunately for Vogelsong though, the success that he’s found while wearing orange and black the last two years has not continued into this season.
Through seven starts, the North Carolina native has an eye gouging 7.78 ERA along with a 1.73 WHIP – the ERA good for worst in the league, among qualified starters.
The struggles of Vogelsong have lead San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be non-committal about Vogelsong’s next start, insinuating that while he’s not ready to push the panic button, there are other options in place – one of which could be skipping his next start.
Per the San Francisco Chronicle:
“These are things we’ll talk about internally,” Bochy said. “I’m not ready to discuss that. He’s healthy. We have different options. I’ll leave it at that.”