SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a fractured right (pitching) hand Monday night when he was struck on the hand swinging at an inside pitch in the fifth inning of the Giants' game against the Washington Nationals.
Vogelsong came away grimacing as the ball appeared to catch him squarely on the top of the hand. He bent over clutching the hand and left the field accompanied by trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants announced the fracture several innings later.
Should the Giants be without Vogelsong for an extended period of time, Monday's early innings may have only infused the blow with frustration over what could have been. Vogelsong, who entered the game with the highest ERA in baseball among qualified starters (8.06), had held the Nationals scoreless for five innings, the first time this season he had gone that deep into a start without allowing a run.
Vogelsong retired the first eight hitters he faced and stranded runners on first and second in both the third and fifth innings -- a hallmark of his success last year, when opposing teams batted just .227 against him with runners in scoring position. In the fifth, he pitched around a Marco Scutaro one-out error -- the kind that plagued the Giants on their trip -- to preserve what at that point was a 5-0 lead.
The Giants were leading the Nationals 8-0 in the eighth.