Giants will stick with struggling 37-year-old Ryan Vogelsong

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Ryan Vogelsong served up four homers to the Dodgers last night and has allowed 22 runs in 19 innings this season, but the Giants are sticking with the 37-year-old right-hander in the rotation.

Here’s what manager Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com:

We need him right now. We have a couple pitchers on the DL. Hopefully he puts this behind him and gets back on track the way he did in his previous game. Right now, we need him. We’ll talk as always, but it’s tough when you’ve got two other starters on the DL. We need all these guys to hopefully pitch well and give us a quality start.

Fair enough, but even with starters Matt Cain and Jake Peavy on the disabled list the Giants still have Yusmeiro Petit in the bullpen as a jack-of-all-trades fill-in if needed.

Vogelsong turned his career around with back-to-back standout seasons for the Giants in 2011 and 2012, but he’s 12-21 with a 4.91 ERA in 308 innings since then and this offseason San Francisco made little effort to re-sign him before finally bringing him back for $4 million in late January.

Nationals sign George Kontos to minors deal

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The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.

Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.

Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.