Ross Detwiler reported improvement with his back Monday and hopes to be ready to make his next start.
Detwiler is hoping he'll be ready to play catch on Monday before throwing from a mound later in the week. With an off day on Thursday, the Nationals can delay Detwiler's next turn a few days. Zach Duke is making a spot start in his place on Monday.
Brandon Belt went 4-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season and four runs scored in Monday's 8-0 blowout of the Nationals.
Belt has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 starts. Belt suffered through a forgettable April, batting .235/.287/.353, but his playing time and production have both spiked in May. Belt cut down his strikeouts and increased his rate of walks and his numbers reflect an improved approach at the plate. In May, he's slashing .250/.357/.521 with three homers over 48 at-bats.
Ryan Vogelsong was diagnosed with a fractured right hand.
Brutal news for Vogelsong, who tossed five scoreless frames Monday against the Nationals before he was hit in the hand with a pitch while swinging the bat. Vogelsong's wife, Nicole, wrote on Twitter that he has a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his throwing hand and it's broken above and below his finger. He'll have surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss around six weeks. The Giants don't have an obvious alternative in the minors, so Chad Gaudin is the likely replacement in the starting rotation.
Ryan Vogelsong left Monday's start against the Nationals after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch while swinging.
Vogelsong swung at a pitch in on his hands, and the ball appeared to catch him on the right knuckles. It was poor timing, as the righty was in the middle of his best start of the season, allowing three hits and a walk over five scoreless frames. The Giants should have an update on his status soon.
Patrick Corbin moved to 7-0 by pitching a three-hitter and striking out 10 as the Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 5-1 on Monday.
Corbin's April could have been written off as something of a fluke after he went 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA. However, he's now 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in May. It's a pretty amazing transformation for a guy who went 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA and 14 homers allowed in 107 innings last year.
Shane Victorino (hamstring) is considered day-to-day.
Victorino left Monday's game against the White Sox with left hamstring tightness. It sounds like the move was mostly precautionary, but Red Sox manager John Farrell did say the club would be cautious with the outfielder. Expect him to miss at least a couple games.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he plans to use "everybody" at closer.
Michael Dunn saved Sunday's game and Chad Qualls was warming up during a save chance Monday before the Marlins extended their lead. Former full-time closer Steve Cishek holds a 4.91 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the year and has struggled against left-handed batters. "We're going to use Cishek. We'll use Qualls. We haven't had that many save opportunities. We need those guys to pitch. We need Cishek to go down there and log some innings. He's still going to close games. Qualls might close some games. Dunn might close some games. We need these guys to pitch we need them to stay sharp. They're all going to contribute."