May 5, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants: Casilla Doing Well in Recovery


Santiago Casilla strained his right hamstring on May 21 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. One week from the injury and the San Francisco Giants announced that Casilla is doing better than expected.

The injury happened when Casilla was running to first base during the ninth inning in a game against the Colorado Rockies. Despite being told not to run by manager Bruce Bochy, Casilla disobeyed and it resulted in the hamstring injury.

“I don’t think that hamstring has ever seen that type of speed from his legs,” Bochy said. “He said, ‘I knew not to run, but my adrenaline got going and I took off.’ ”

Despite the awkwardness of the accident, Casilla is rehabing well and is expected to return on the shorter end of what was initially anticipated.

Casilla played catch on Monday and was doing great. Though expected to return sooner rather than later, the training staff are keeping an eye on him so as not to let him return too soon. Re-injuring the hamstring would be terrible at this point in the season.

“It’s a credit to the type of shape he’s in; he’s bull strong,” Bochy said. “He’s really religious with his rehab and he’s excited about how he feels.”

Hopefully the Giants will see him back very soon.

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