Apr 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) pitches in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at AT

San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla Most Likely Needs Surgery

The hits just keep coming to the paper thin San Francisco Giants pitching staff. Already down an arm after losing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a broken hand earlier this week, the Giants may now be without one of their top relievers in Santiago Casilla.

Casilla has been dealing with a knee injury for quite some time, even dating back to as far as last year, though the medical staff deemed it nothing more than a “cyst”. Whatever the case though, the pain has continued to linger for Casilla, resulting in a handful of missed games, followed by a stint on the disabled list earlier this week.

Now, according to Giants general manager Brian Sabean, the knee isn’t healing and it appears surgery is in Casilla’s near future:

Per Alex Pavlovic:

On that note, here’s an important quote from Brian Sabean yesterday on KNBR: “I think we’re going to lose Casilla for an extended amount of time. I would anticipate there’s some form of surgery coming.”

There were rumblings that the Giants were thinking of using long arm Chad Gaudin in Vogelsong’s rotation spot, but given a bullpen injury, the Giants will most likely keep Gaudin in the ‘pen and look elsewhere for rotation help now that Casilla may be out for an extended period.

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