San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla will be unavailable to pitch until further notice as he deals with a cyst in his right knee. The right-hander is dealing with plenty discomfort in the knee which makes it impossible for him to take the mound.
The good news is that it does not appear that he will need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. At this point, the Giants are content with him taking a few days to rest and see where it takes them. However, if the pain continues San Francisco might have to take drastic measures to ensure Casilla will be able to pitch later in the year.
The Giants have been aware of Casilla’s cyst since last year. However, at no point did it cause the nine-year veteran to miss time. In fact, he led the team in games (73) last season. Not to mention, he also posted a 2.84 earned run average, 55 strikeouts and 25 saves in the process.
The fact that Casilla was forced to leave the game on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies after recording two outs is certainly not a good sign. With that being said, at least the 32-year-old did not try to push through the pain.
San Francisco is hoping Casilla will not be out for long as he is a critical piece in their bullpen. He has posted a 3-2 record with a 2.12 ERA, 14 strikeouts, six holds and six games finished. He also leads the team with four induced double plays, something that is huge late in a game.