SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants could soon have three key contributors back in their ranks for their first season.

Starting pitcher Alex Wood, who was at the side with symptomatic COVID-19, threw a bullpen before Monday’s game against the Padres in Oracle Park. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said there was “no timetable” for his return, but with San Francisco only three starters left, his return would be a blessing.

“It’s definitely the first step for some and the one that gives us a little more information about how he’s doing and how much strength he’s got. How ready he feels to really push, ”said Kapler.

Wood has started 23 games for the Giants this season, dropping 135 in 125 innings, while indicating a 4.08 ERA.

The Giants could also see the return of outfielder Alex Dickerson and second baseman Donovan Solano in the coming days. Both injured rackets are in rehab with the Giants Triple A team in Sacramento and scored runs in the second game of a double header in Tacoma on Monday.

The duo will play another game in Triple-A before a planned rest day on Wednesday. After that, the Giants will see if they can get them back into the Major League.
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Solano was in a hot spot before testing positive for COVID-19 at the end of the Giants series in New York against the Mets last month, posting an OPS of 0.931 in bats in August.

Dickerson, who hit the IL with an Achilles tendon strain, saw his OPS drop to 0.729 this season, a year after he got an OPS of 0.947 by dominating right-handed pitching. He was also in a hot spot before being sidelined and posted an OPS of .844 in August.

But with the Giants bats coming to life in the past week, the more pressing problem for the team is pitching.

Since Wood was added to the injured list along with Johnny Cueto, the Giants have only had three trustworthy starting mugs. San Francisco bullpened two out of five games – including Monday’s game with the San Diego.
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Cueto, who strained his right elbow in a game against the Brewers on August 31, did not pick up a ball, according to Kapler.

“That’s out of sight,” said Kapler. When asked if Cueto could return to the hill this season, he replied, “Everything is on the table at this point. We’ll see how it goes. ”

The Giants added another arm to the bullpen fold before the game on Monday, returned José Quintana from the paternity list and sent infielder Mauricio Dubón back into the Triple-A.

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