He'll face a Washington Nationals team that has struggled offensively of late in the opener of a three-game series Monday night in San Francisco.
The Giants (24-20) lost five of six on their road trip with the starters posting a 9.82 ERA while allowing at least five runs in each contest. The club wasn't much better at the plate in a 5-0 loss to Colorado on Sunday.
Manager Bruce Bochy , though, isn't concerned about his currently ineffective rotation.
"It's a temporary thing. You don't have the success we've had and not be good, these pitchers," Bochy said. "It's a great starting rotation. They've done some remarkable things for us, but at the same time it's a new year and we've got to make some adjustments."
Vogelsong (1-4, 8.06 ERA) may not be getting more votes of confidence from Bochy if he can't bust out of his funk. He's winless in his last six starts and 0-3 with an 11.81 ERA over his last four.
The right-hander gave up a career worst-tying eight runs - though only three earned - in two innings of an 11-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Vogelsong has pitched fewer than five innings in each of his last three outings."Things have got to turn in my favor here eventually," Vogelsong said.
There had been speculation Bochy would bypass him in the rotation, but Vogelsong still is scheduled to go Monday."He's fighting, I'll say that," Bochy said. "I know he's taking it hard. He'll get on track."
Vogelsong's only start versus Washington didn't go very well, as he allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 14-2 defeat Aug. 13.
He'll face a Nationals team that's lost six of nine after falling 13-4 to San Diego on Sunday. Washington has scored two or fewer runs five times and is batting .211 during that stretch."The lineup is not swinging the bats very good," manager Davey Johnson said. "I like the way the pitching has been. Sometimes, it just takes time to jell."
Johnson will hand the ball to Zach Duke on Monday to give him some extra work as he makes his first start since July 10, 2011, with Pittsburgh.
Duke (0-0, 8.40) has struggled in his last two appearances. He gave up three runs in three innings of an 8-1 loss to Atlanta on April 30 before allowing four runs in two-thirds of inning as Washington fell 8-2 to the Chicago Cubs on May 11.
"I haven't able to give him the kind of work to keep him sharp," Johnson told the team's official website. "This will help him get back to where he needs to be. It kills two birds with one stone."
The left-hander, 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three career starts in San Francisco, will be taking the place of Ross Detwiler , who suffered a lower back injury Wednesday.
Duke likely will be facing the hot-hitting duo of Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey after Bochy gave both players the day off Sunday. Scutaro is batting .486 during a 17-game hitting streak while Posey has batted .340 with 12 RBIs in his last 15."He's been on a great run here," Bochy said of Scutaro. "Sometimes, you've got to give him a break."
|May 16, 2013||Wilson Ramos||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|May 14, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Jammed left shoulder|
|May 11, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Ingrown toenail|
|May 10, 2013||Jayson Werth||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|May 03, 2013||Jayson Werth||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 18, 2013||Ryan Zimmerman||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|San Francisco Giants|
|May 08, 2013||Santiago Casilla||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee|
|May 04, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|April 13, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Right wrist soreness|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Pill||15-Day DL||Recovery from minor knee surgery|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ryan Vogelsong felt the best he had in months, then it all ended on one painful swing.
The right-hander broke his throwing hand chasing an inside fastball after pitching himself toward his first win in seven starts, and the San Francisco Giants returned from a terrible road trip to beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Monday night.
Vogelsong was injured while fouling a ball off his hand in the fifth inning. He grimaced in pain while grabbing the hand - knowing immediately it was serious. He was quickly examined near the batter's box and left the game.
Vogelsong broke two bones along the right pinkie and dislocated a knuckle the area that the medical staff couldn't get popped back into place. He was scheduled for surgery Tuesday morning at Stanford and said he likely would have pins inserted to stabilize the hand and help speed the healing process.
"We're not talking about Tommy John or anything here," Vogelsong said, his eyes misty. "Basically as fast as we can get it to heal so I can start throwing again."
Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced after the game that reliever Ryan Mattheus broke his pitching hand punching a locker in frustration Sunday. The right-hander allowed five runs in one inning of Washington's 13-4 loss to the San Diego Padres , but didn't tell the team about the injury until just before Monday's game.
"Last night after the game he came in and was in the locker room and banged his glove against his locker with his hand in it," Johnson said. "His hand didn't swell up but when he went out to throw today his hand swelled up and he couldn't throw the ball."
Vogelsong (2-4) snapped a six-start winless stretch with just his second victory of 2013 and first since April 11 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and seemed back on track.
He walked off to warm ovation as Nick Noonan pinch hit. Vogelsong allowed three hits in five scoreless innings and lowered his ERA from 8.06 to 7.19.
"It's really a shame because tonight was the Vogey that we know, the way he threw all of last year, good stuff," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a tough one. I feel bad for him. I know he felt really good tonight. You've got to deal with these things. He'll be back, hopefully, in a couple months."
Brandon Belt hit a solo home run, matched his career best with four hits and scored three runs as San Francisco pounded a season-high 17 hits. Angel Pagan hit an RBI double and two-run single for San Francisco, also making a great leaping catch against the center-field wall.
Andres Torres had three hits and drove in a run and Marco Scutaro added an RBI single among his two hits.
Vogelsong got the defensive gem from Pagan when the center fielder slammed into the wall on Adam LaRoche 's deep fly in the second.
The 2011 All-Star ended a six-start winless stretch in which he had lost his last two outings and gone 0-3. He was tagged for eight runs - three earned - and six hits in two innings for his shortest outing of the year last Wednesday at Toronto.
"It was awesome," Belt said. "The special thing about this team is everybody roots for everybody. We were as happy for him as can be, and it's tough to see him go down like this. But we know he'll be back, and strong and ready to go."
Javier Lopez took over for Vogelsong in the top of the sixth and received a little bit more warm up time. Three more relievers finished for the Giants' sixth shutout. San Francisco snapped a three-game skid after a 1-5 road trip through Toronto and Colorado.
The Giants have until next Tuesday before they need a fifth starter.
Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 in his return to the Nationals' lineup after last season's NL Rookie of the Year missed two games with a bruised left knee. He was hurt in a hard collision with the outfield wall a week earlier at Dodger Stadium that also caused him to need 11 stitches on his chin.
Left-hander Zach Duke (0-1) lasted just 3 1-3 innings in a spot start for Ross Detwiler , who is sidelined with back spasms. Duke allowed four runs and seven hits in his first start of the year.
Washington was shut out for the sixth time.
Vogelsong retired the first eight Nationals hitters in order.
The right-hander lasted only 2 2-3 innings in his first career start against Washington last year, allowing eight runs on nine hits with two walks.
"That's the best I've felt in a long time, from a mental aspect, physical aspect, everything felt good," he said. "It was nice to be able to get out there and have everything I've been working on for the last couple weeks kind of fall into place. From that standpoint it's a good place to start when I come back."
Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a third-inning single. The second baseman fielded Roger Bernadina 's grounder in the fifth but dropped the ball in exchange from glove to hand, for the Giants' 15th error in their last eight games.
Notes: Nationals OF Jayson Werth , on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, is expected to need at least two more weeks to heal after a second MRI showed he "has some problems in there," Johnson said. "He's going to rest a bit." ... A moment of silence was held for the Oklahoma tornado victims before the national anthem. ... RHP Matt Cain (3-2) starts for the Giants in Tuesday night's middle game against righty Stephen Strasburg (2-5). ... San Francisco's Buster Posey has hit safely in 11 of his last 12. ... Belt's homer was the Giants' 21st at home. Last season through their first 23 games at AT&T Park, they had hit just six HRs.