San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla Most Likely Needs Surgery

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&T Park

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.

Topics: Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants, Santiago Casilla

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