Though, the long-term loss of Bumgarner is bigger news.
He'll undergo surgery on Saturday to insert pins in his pinky knuckle, a procedure that could require a four-to-six-week recovery period before he's cleared to throw again.
Following six consecutive seasons with 10 wins or more, over 200 innings pitched and 30 or more starts, Bumgarner was 4-9 with an ERA of 3.32 in just 17 starts in 2017.
The 2014 World Series MVP missed almost three months last season after the dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes to have the southpaw back in early June, which would line him up to miss the first two months of the season. This was a short day.
Bochy said the injury was disappointing and that he feels for Bumgarner. Unfortunately, you've got to deal with these things. The team opens its season on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29.
This comes on the heels of reports that Jeff Samardzija will start the regular season on the disabled list with an injury of his own.
"Everybody's been healthy. We talked about that".
"Horrible news for us", he told reporters Friday. "It happened and there's nothing else we can do now except push on".