The ripple effect two injuries to SF Giants pitchers could have on Opening Day staff – Santa Cruz Sentinel

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A pair of Giants pitchers are dealing with injuries that could have a ripple effect on how the team structures its rotation and bullpen at the beginning of the season.

Starter Alex Wood, a left-hander who signed a one-year, $3 million contract to join the Giants this offseason, saw a spine specialist in Arizona on Monday after dealing with back stiffness for the last several days. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said it’s too soon to rule Wood out for Opening Day, but the southpaw won’t pitch within the “next few days” and could need more recovery time if his injury is considered serious.

Right-handed relief pitcher Dedniel Núñez, a Rule 5 draft pick who is viewed as a candidate to secure a job in the Giants’ bullpen, was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow Monday and will have a second opinion before determining a course of action.


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