San Francisco Giants rumors bring some good news for fans of the team. With the frustrating injury reports about Johnny Cueto, this is a welcome change for Giants fans. Cueto is heading to the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, as revealed in a report by the team. The team also revealed an injury update on Madison Bumgarner, which could come as great news to Fantasy Baseball owners.

Bumgarner has been cleared to begin throwing. This is a big step in his recovery from a fractured pitching hand he suffered in March. A recent visit with specialist Donald Sheridan went well, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy told ESPN that Bumgarner will start throwing this weekend.

He will start by throwing from flat ground and increase his arm strength until he is comfortable moving to the mound.

The timetable for Madison Bumgarner’s return

The plan will be for Madison Bumgarner to start with games of catch before advancing to bullpen sessions. If he continues to find comfort after that, the Giants will move him up to live batting practice, simulated action, and then eventually a minor league rehab assignment. It means there are going to be many more San Francisco Giants rumors before he finally gets cleared from the disabled list.

So what does all of this mean? It means that if Bumgarner can stay on schedule, he should be able to return to the starting rotation of the Giants by mid-June.

That means he could have a huge impact on whether the Giants remain competitive for the remainder of the 2018 MLB season. It’s also an important time period for fantasy baseball leagues, as it gives him a lot of value for the stretch run.

The updated MLB standings

Despite losing Madison Bumgarner to injury, the San Francisco Giants have managed to stay afloat in the National League standings.

The team sits at 15-15 entering the games on May 2, which is six-and-a-half games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. As for the NL Wild Card race, the Giants trail the Milwaukee Brewers by two-and-a-half games for the second slot. Losing Johnny Cueto is going to make it tough to stay in the race, but this good news about Bumgarner could give the team a little boost.

More MLB news

Elsewhere in the league, Major League Baseball messed up on a call for the Seattle Mariners, taking a home run away from Robinson Cano. The Mariners also completed a trade with the Boston Red Sox, acquiring minor league starting pitcher Roenis Elias in order to add some depth to the team.