April 28, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey (28) after the win against the San Diego Padres at AT

San Francisco Giants Expect Santiago Casilla To Return After All-Star Break

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Already dinged up in their starting rotation, losing Santiago Casilla to a knee injury wasn’t exactly something the San Francisco Giants were looking forward to, but those are the cards that were dealt.

Casilla has been dealing with a knee injury for quite some time, even dating back to last year. The pain continued to linger, forcing the Giants’ medical staff to conduct a couple of MRI’s which reveled little outside of the already known cyst Casilla had been struggling with. However, with the cyst continuing to grow in size and the pain only getting worse, both Casilla and the Giants decided surgery would be the best option.

There was no known time table as to Casilla’s return, though, Manolo Hernández Douen has been told that Casilla will return to the Giants soon after the mid-Summer classic:

RHP Santiago Casilla expects to be ready to pitch again for the @SFGiants soon after the All Star break.

A key piece to the Giants’ bullpen, Casilla heads to the operating table with a 1.89 ERA in 21 appearances for the Giants this season.

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