Vogelsong Strong In Latest Rehab Start

After enjoying a breakout 2011 season for the Giants, Ryan Vogelsong suffered a bit of bad luck during Spring Training with back spasms. The ailment landed him on the disabled list. But after two rehab starts with triple-A Fresno, he appears to be ready to rejoin the San Francisco rotation.

Vogelsong was named opening night starter for the Grizzlies, taking the hill April 5 against Tucson. He responded by throwing four shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out six.

However, he did have some issues with his command, throwing only 49 of his 83 pitches for strikes. On a positive note, however, he reported no issues with his back.

The Giants had him slated to make one more rehab start before potentially returning to the team in the middle of April. Vogelsong made that start Tuesday night -- and he looked like he was ready to return to the big leagues.

Facing Las Vegas, he threw six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, once again recording six strikeouts. The right-hander allowed both runs and three of the hits in the sixth inning, on a pair of singles and a double.

In his second outing, Vogelsong was much better with his control, throwing 60 of 93 pitches for strikes.

Vogelsong was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 30, retroactive to March 27, making him eligible to rejoin the team at any time. Because of off days, the Giants don't have a need for a fifth starter until April 15.

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