The San Francisco Giants’ 5-1 victory over division rivals the Colorado Rockies, was a bittersweet one. Despite restoring their lead to three games over the Rockies in the National League West with a great win, the Giants lost both Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla to hamstring injuries.
The extent of both injuries is unknown, however Casilla is expected to land on the DL.
RT @AlexPavlovic: Right hamstring for Casilla, MRI tomorrow. Likely to DL tomorrow, Bochy said. He’s talking to Sabean about roster now.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 22, 2014
Cain is suspected to have hurt his hamstring when a hard line drive was hit right at him. His reaction, to avoid the path of the ball, looked to have upset his hamstring. Casilla on the other hand, injured his in rather bizarre circumstances.
In what was a meaningless at bat, Casilla worked the count full before grounding out. Instead of accepting his out, Casilla, in a full sprint, bounded for first base, consequently injuring his hamstring.
The injuries come as a big blow to the Giants whom are currently pursuing another division title. Cain, their right handed, number two starter, has been solid thus far this season. He has collated a 3.66 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and had pitched 46 innings.
Luck has been hard to come by this season for Cain, who has already landed on the DL once, after cutting his finger making a sandwich.
Casilla will be sorely missed too, the right handed setup man has been excellent this season. In 22 appearances from the bullpen, Casilla has a magnificent 1.37 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. With the injury set to land him on the DL, Heath Hembree, Jake Dunning and George Kontos are all in contention for a spot on the roster.