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…. Joy and pain, continued

Well, same song, different radio station. The Giants pounded out a 10-3 win today, to take the series from the never say die Padres. In the meantime, Armando Benitez landed on the 15-day DL, with trainer Stan Conte worrying that 15 days might turn out to be a break for the orange and black:

…. Trainer Stan Conte said Benitez will be out 2-6 weeks, with the time frame depending whether the MRI results show damage to the muscle.

“What’s the extent? What’s the prognosis? We don’t know,” Conte said. “The worse-case scenario we have a Garciaparra situation. I’m 99.9 percent sure we don’t have that.”

Update: Well, so much for Conte’s predictive abilities. Benitez is expected to miss at least four months, as he will have to undergo wurgery to re-attach two of the three tendons in his right hamstring, according to this MLB.com report:

…. “This is a shock,” said Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who was also on the conference call. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. We didn’t have our heads in the sand [Tuesday] night when this happened. But we didn’t expect this to be the outcome, either.”

…. Conte said that there are three tendons attaching the hamstring to the bone and that Benitez had torn two of them. The surgery would involve drilling screws into the bone and reattaching the tendon, he said, adding that he expected the 32-year-old Benitez to fully recover.

The injury and surgery is similar to what Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr. experienced last season.

There are essentially no available closers via trade, so the Giants will have to rely on their horrific collection of relievers to pick up the slack. This injury, coupled with Bonds missing most of the first two moths (at best guess), almost cetainly means the Giants will be looking to next year barring a miracle of some sorts.

The best possibility for said miracle would have to be one of the so-called “untouchable” prospects to come out of the blue and channel Vida Blue or Dennis Eckersley.


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