John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mike Leake is set to rejoin the Giants’ rotation on Saturday, in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Shea adds that Leake will be taking Chris Heston’s spot in the rotation, and Heston will head to Triple-A Sacramento for a breather.
Leake, 27, was expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, but his left hamstring injury didn’t heal up as quickly as anticipated. Leake said on Thursday that his hamstring still isn’t one hundred percent and might not be for the rest of the season. The right-hander has made just one start since the Giants acquired him from the Reds, holding the Rangers to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on August 2.
Heston hasn’t been able to complete the fifth inning in three of his last four starts. In his most recent start, he needed 104 pitches to record 14 outs against the Cardinals. Nevertheless, he has a productive 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings.
July 31 trade deadline pickup Mike Leake made only one start for the Giants before landing on the 15-day disabled list August 3 because of a left hamstring strain. But everything appears to be trending in the right direction now with that injury.
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, the right-hander made it through a bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis without issue and could return to the Giants’ starting rotation for Sunday Night Baseball at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
Leake, 27, owns a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 95/36 K/BB ratio over 143 innings (22 starts) this season between Cincinnati and San Francisco. He can become a free agent in November.
Mike Leake was slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants’ rotation tonight against the Cardinals, but those plans have been canceled because his hamstring strain remains an issue.
That means Ryan Vogelsong will start in his place and Matt Cain will pitch Wednesday, with Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reporting that Leake will “continue to get treatment for the strain” while “the plan is to have him back in the rotation this weekend in Pittsburgh.”
Leake made just one start for the Giants after they acquired the impending free agent from the Reds at the July 31 trade deadline for minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall.