SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is dealing with a pair of minor ailments that he said will cause him to miss one or two spring starts but should not jeopardize his ability to pitch on opening day.
Bumgarner said he has a neuroma between two joints on the bottom of his left foot that has caused him intermittent pain since the offseason, and he recently felt discomfort in his rib cage while taking swings in the batting cage. Bumgarner said he had an MRI that ruled out an oblique injury.
"It’s not anything too serious," Bumgarner said. "We just don’t want it to turn into something serious."
The foot nerve issue is something Bumgarner has been pitching with this spring. He said it hurts off and on but has already "made a lot of progress" toward improving.
The rib cage discomfort is located in the area of his right chest. Bumgarner said he thinks it’s something that is "going to get better really quickly."
"I just didn’t want to have two things going on," Bumgarner said.
The Giants scratched Bumgarner from his scheduled Cactus League start Sunday against the Padres. But he said he felt he could have pitched had it been the regular season. Bumgarner played catch Saturday and said he would "probably give it a day or two" before throwing again.
Bumgarner has already made two starts this spring and raised his pitch count to about 50. He said he believes there’s still time, even if he misses two starts, to get ready to start the Giants’ season opener in Milwaukee on April 4.
"Two things that aren’t a big deal," Bumgarner said of his injuries. “There’s no point in making them a big deal at this time of year."