Ryan Vogelsong's Rotation Spot in Jeopardy

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After Ryan Vogelsong's ugly performance in Toronto on Wednesday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong is not guaranteed to take his scheduled turn in the rotation on Monday. Vogelsong was hammered again and pitched only two innings, his shortest start with the Giants. Although Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan committed errors that contributed mightily to Vogelsong's line - eight runs, three earned - the right-hander showed no signs of improvement and allowed four runs on homers by Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia. Once again, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti are faced with a difficult conversation and question: Should they pull Vogelsong and his 8.06 ERA from the rotation? The decision will be made in the next few days. 

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Zack Greinke (collarbone) looked good through 5 1/3 innings Wednesday night against the Nationals. He held the Nats to just one run on five hits and he had four strike outs. Greinke was limited to just 83 pitches, but the Dodgers have to be pleased with his performance.
  • Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-5 with two home runs as the Reds won in Miami. Choo now has nine home runs this year and now is batting .322.
  • Ryan Madson (elbow) will move his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday and will remain there for "several weeks." Madson thinks he ready to return to the Angels bullpen now, but management wants to be careful so to avoid futher issues. Don't look for Madson to return until sometime in June.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat, oblique) will be activated from the disabled list and pitch Monday against the Mets. Cueto threw five shutout innings Tuesday in a rehab start with the Low-A Daytona Dragons and declared himself fully healthy and ready to go. 
  • Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with two RBI against the Angels on Wednesday. Butler caught fire on this road trip as he went 8-for-13 (.615) with a home run, nine RBI and four runs scored during the three-game series against the Angels
  • Yasmani Grandal will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Tucson. Grandal is still serving his 50-game suspension for a positive PED test, but he is allowed to begin a 10-game minor league assignment. He will return to the Padres on May 28 and start in a platoon situation with Nick Hundley.  
  • John Gast will likely start again on Sunday in place of injured Jake Westbrook. Gast breezed through the first five innings against the Mets on Tuesday night. He gave up four runs in the sixth inning and he struck out three. 
  • Manny Machado continues to swing a hot bat. On Wednesday, he collected four hits - three doubles - and scored three runs against the Padres.
  • Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs. Dunn's three hits almost matched the number of hits (four) he had the rest of May. Dunn won't provide fantasy owners much in the way of batting average (.156),but he still has power.
  • The Phillies signed Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract and the Dodgers signed Jonathan Sanchez on Wednesday. Whatever....