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Giants starter out 2 months

Published May 22, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants put RHP Ryan Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and prepared to be without him for two months in another challenge for their struggling starting rotation.

Vogelsong had surgery Tuesday morning at Stanford, one day after breaking his pitching hand while at the plate. The expected recovery time is 4-6 weeks, but Vogelsong likely would need a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

"I'll be back, no question about that," said Vogelsong, who waited to greet his teammates after Monday's win, his right hand wrapped. "It stinks. It stinks because it had been so rough, to go out there and feel like my old self again."

X-rays revealed two broken bones in his right pinkie area and a dislocated knuckle that couldn't be immediately popped back into place by the medical staff, Vogelsong said. He was hurt on a fifth-inning swing.

The injury came as Vogelsong was putting up his best outing of the season. He had a 6-0 lead after five innings.

ASTROS: Larry Dierker, a former Houston pitcher, broadcaster and manager who led the team to four division titles in five years before being fired after the 2001 season, was named special assistant to team president Reid Ryan.

BREWERS: 1B Corey Hart, who is recovering from January surgery on his right knee, won't be ready to return from the DL when eligible May 30, mlb.com reported. … Double-A Huntsville LHP Alan Williams was suspended for 50 games under minor-league baseball's drug program after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

INDIANS: 1B Nick Swisher went on the paternity list after he and his wife, JoAnna, welcomed their first child. … Closer Chris Perez deactivated his Twitter account after receiving a number of negative comments following two rough outings.

NATIONALS: RH reliever Ryan Mattheus broke his pitching hand punching a locker in frustration after Sunday's rocky outing. It's unknown how long he will be out.

ORIOLES: RHP Jair Jurrjens was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who was activated off the disabled list after missing three weeks with a thumb injury.

PHILLIES: 1B Ryan Howard was in the lineup after missing two games with a sore left knee. But 2B Chase Utley was scratched with pain in his right side.

RANGERS: RHP Nick Tepesch was scratched from his scheduled start today because of a blister on his right middle finger. RHP Ross Wolf will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start in his place.

RED SOX: RF Shane Victorino was held out of the lineup because of tightness in his left hamstring.

ROYALS: C Salvador Perez is day-to-day with a deep right hip bruise suffered when he slammed into the fence in front of the home dugout Monday.

TWINS: RHP Samuel Deduno, who helped the Dominican Republic win the World Baseball Classic title but injured his groin during the tournament, was called up from Triple-A Rochester to join the starting rotation.

WHITE SOX: LHP Chris Sale was scratched from today's start because of mild tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. LHP Hector Santiago will start.