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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.