San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is a popular draw in Sacramento, too.
Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, is expected to pitch Friday night at Raley Field in a rehab appearance with the Triple-A River Cats. Single-game tickets for the game had sold out as of Wednesday afternoon, the River Cats said.
Tickets were still available, though, through a two-game pack that includes Friday night’s game and Aug. 11, which was already scheduled for a Bumgarner T-shirt giveaway.
A River Cats spokesperson said a small amount of additional single-game tickets could become available on Friday morning, but that is not guaranteed.
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Bumgarner, 27, is recovering from a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder suffered in a dirt-biking accident in April. The left-hander is scheduled to start against the Fresno Grizzlies on Friday before likely going to Single-A San Jose for his next start July 5.
Bumgarner is bidding to rejoin the Giants sometime after the All-Star break, but it’s unlikely the major-league team will rush him. The Giants began play Wednesday with a 29-51 record, 23 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West.