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Madison Bumgarner to make season debut next week

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Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will come off of the disabled list to make his season debut in a start against the Diamondbacks at home next Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bumgarner will make one more rehab start for High-A San Jose on Thursday, throwing 70-75 pitches.

Bumgarner, 28, has been out all season after suffering a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He sustained the injury when he was hit by a comebacker in a start near the end of spring training.

It’s been a rough couple of years for Bumgarner. He made only 17 starts last season between mid-April and mid-July after suffering bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in a dirt bike accident on an off day. He finished the season strong, ultimately owning a 3.32 ERA with 101 strikeouts and 20 walks over 111 innings.

The Giants have been bitten by the injury bug through the season’s first two months. Starter Jeff Samardzija got a late start to the season due to a strained pectoral muscle. (Update: Samardzija left Tuesday’s start after just one inning.) Johnny Cueto isn’t expected back until early July at the earliest due to a sprained right elbow. And Bumgarner has missed two months.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.