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Santiago Casilla hustled his way to the disabled list

May 22, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

Santiago Casilla Giants AP

Last night Giants reliever Santiago Casilla came up to bat in the ninth inning of a 5-1 game, hit a ground ball, and ran as hard as he possibly could to first base … and then tripped over the bag and fell down after tweaking his hamstring.

Casilla writhed in pain on the ground and had to be carted off the field. And now he’s headed to the disabled list with what the Giants are calling a strained hamstring. has a postgame video interview with Bruce Bochy in which the exasperated manager says he told Casilla not to even swing during the at-bat and suggests all Giants pitchers will be told to jog on the bases now:

The lesson, as always: Never hustle.

  1. blabidibla - May 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    This is going to hurt more than Belt going down. Casilla has been a keystone to the BP all year.

  2. zdravit - May 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Pitchers should start jogging back to the dugout as soon as they hit a ground ball.

  3. Innocent Bystander - May 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Can we just get the DH already? Between injuries like this and Mets pitchers batting .000, it’s about time to concede.

    • illuminancer - May 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      This was less an issue with pitchers in general hitting than with relievers who rarely hit trying foolishly to run ground balls out. It was also, possibly, an issue with carrying 13 pitchers and having a bench of 3 (1 injured and 2 awful). In Tuesday’s game, our starter pitched for himself and then came out–because he’s a better hitter than the non-injured bench options at the moment.

      Bochy TOLD Casilla not to swing. His decision to do so anyway is an edge case, not an argument for the DH.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - May 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        He told him that he didn’t HAVE to swing. If this headline showed Casilla running down the line as fast as he could and beating out the throw, we would be talking about how gritty he is.

      • jkcalhoun - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        “Rarely” is the operative word here. Relievers rarely hit. Whatever happens in a handful of plate appearances is insufficient to support an argument for adopting the DH in the NL.

        Meanwhile, one of the better arguments for keeping the DH out of the NL is Santiago Casilla.

  4. smcgaels1997 - May 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Not if your a relief pitcher on a team with a very thin bench.

  5. yankaroonie - May 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    One more victim of the modern plastic base. And one more reason to bring back the soft, canvas bases with the straps and buckles on the bottom.

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    If pitchers are the athletes we are told they are and if their batting is so integral to the game, then they should run out the bases like everyone else. Once you start telling pitchers to jog or to not even bother to swing, at what point does it become more prudent to simply enact the DH rule and eliminate this mess? It stinks a guy got hurt, but that risk is the same for anyone else on the field. Plenty of people hurt themselves running bases (RE: Manny Machado last year). Sometimes you have to chalk it up to the fact that sometimes crap just happens.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      And before anyone says “But but but it was the 9th inning of a 5-1 game”, let me remind you we chastise Robinson Cano for not hustling on a ground ball to the second baseman when his team is up by 8 runs, so why the double standard here? If your answer is “Because he’s a pitcher”, again I say stop allowing pitchers to hit.

      • mikhelb - May 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        And that should be included in the discussion of “why do pitchers get hurt and need tommy john surgery?”, if pitchers do not know how to even freaking run, one figures that they are not very athletic.

    • baberuthslegs - May 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Have a DH for every player. Then only DHs get hurt running the bases.


  7. jeffbbf - May 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    So, let’s see….Giants pitchers instructed not to swing or run, Giant catchers instructed not to get in the way of a runner trying to score. What’s next? Forbid sliding? Stop running immediately after crossing the warning track? Stand on the outside edge of the batter’s box?

    • clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      funny you should say that…

  8. clydeserra - May 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Weak move by Bochy.

    Sure it was not really a great move by Casilla, but don’t add insult to your pitchers injury. That can be handled in house.

  9. MisterJ167 - May 23, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Kirk Gibson called and immediately requested a trade

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