Bad news for the San Francisco Giants bullpen.
Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Friday that right-haned relief pitcher Santiago Casilla is a “strong possibility” to undergo surgery to repair his injured right knee.
Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week. He was having a strong season for the Giants, going 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA and one save in 19 innings.
He could miss up to a month if he chooses to have surgery, but Bochy claimed “we’re still weighing the other options before we go this way.”
Casilla has been an absolute rock in the back end of the bullpen for the Giants since being called up from the minors in 2010. He played a key role in their first run to the World Series, recording seven wins and a 1.95 ERA in 52 games down the stretch.
Casilla was the team’s closer for much of the 2012 campaign after Brian Wilson went down early in the season (by the way, the “bearded one” is still a free agent), and converted 25 saves before being replaced by Sergio Romo.
He signed a three-year deal worth $15 million, with a club/vesting option for 2016 last offseason. The righty is in his final year of arbitration, meaning that this contract will buy out two of his free agent years.