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Santiago Casilla ahead of schedule, could return in 2-3 weeks

Jun 14, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is doing well recovering from recent surgery on his right knee which removed a cyst. In fact, according to CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, the right-hander is doing so well that manager Bruce Bochy estimates a return in two to three weeks. Casilla wasn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.

Casilla went on the DL with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings and has been nothing short of dominating since joining the Giants prior to the 2009 season. In 189.1 innings with the Giants, Casilla has a 2.19 ERA. In his absence, however, the Giants haven’t skipped a beat. They still own the National League’s third-best bullpen ERA at 3.07 and have featured six other relievers to cross the 20-inning threshold with an ERA below 2.60: closer Sergio Romo, Jose Mijares, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Chad Gaudin, and Jean Machi.

  1. mpzz - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Casilla and Romo have been great, but the rest of the bullpen has made a habit of scoring all the runners on base when they come in. The sabermetric geeks need to add a useful stat for a change- IRA – inherited runners allowed- for relief pitchers. The Giants bullpen other than Casilla and Romo would be about 10.00.

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