The San Francisco Giants are hoping relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt will be able to return to the 25-man roster as soon as he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list. However, that appears to be up in the air right now.
Affeldt was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Giants want to make sure he is completely set to go before placing him on the active roster. The last thing San Francisco wants is to see him suffer a setback.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he would like to see Affeldt pitch in a simulated game before any decision is made. He also stated that live batting practice would also do the trick, but a simulated game would give the organization a better idea of where Affeldt is.
Affeldt tossed 20 pitches on flat ground and another 20 pitches on a mound on Friday. He continued to throw off a bullpen mound on Saturday as he inches closer to his return. At this point, it is hard to imagine that the left-hander will not be ready to suit up for San Francisco sometime this week.
The 33-year-old signed a three-year, $18 million extension this past offseason after performing at a very high level in 2012. He went 1-2 with a 2.70 earned run average and 57 strikeouts in 67 outings last season. He was flawless in the postseason in which he did not give up a run in 10 1/3 innings.
Affeldt posted a 5.79 ERA with three strikeouts in six appearances so far in 2013.