Andrew Baggerly, of CSNBayArea, reported Tuesday that Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong will start his season with Triple-A Fresno, making two rehab starts, before joining the team in earnest this year.
I'm told that Ryan Vogelsong is expected to start the season opener for Triple-A Fresno on April 5 (at Tucson). Then one more rehab start.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 27, 2012
Vogelsong was Fresno's opening-day starter last year, too. The rest of the year turned out OK for him, I think.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 27, 2012
Vogelsong went 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA last year and was inked to a two-year, $8.3 million contract with an option for 2014 this past offseason. He'll be looking to improve upon his breakout 2011 campaign but will have to play it safe to avoid major injury after suffering from a strained lower back that forced him to miss three weeks of Spring Training.
The goal is to have him re-join the team on April 15th for a game against the Padres at AT&T Park.
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