Giants ace Madison Bumgarner breaks pitching hand after getting hit by liner

Madison Bumgarner

No timetable has been set, but some estimates are expecting it'll be six to eight weeks.

Madison Bumgarner fractured his pitching hand and will likely be out to start the Major League Baseball season in a huge blow to the San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner suffered a broken fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand after being hit by a line drive Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy had this to say about losing his ace, "It's just terrible news for us".

Following the game, Bumgarner said he would have pins placed in his hand on Saturday to help the healing of the bone.

The Spring Training start was to be Bumgarner's last before facing Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Opening Day.

"He'll go a week without throwing the ball and then crank it back up", Bochy told reporters. It was not a favourable one for the Giants.

The 2014 World Series MVP missed almost three months last season with a shoulder injury after a dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado.

Bumgarner said about his missing action that it will be tough but he could handle it.

Anthony DeSclafani was in line to start the opener in each of the last two years, but injuries in spring training left him sidelined.

The Giants will also be without right-hander Jeff Samardzija for up to three to four weeks to open the season after an MRI on Thursday revealed a strained pectoral muscle.

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