SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Players almost always complain that spring training is too long. For the Giants, theirs needed to be one day shorter, because the final game Friday cost them their Opening Day starter.

With their plane waiting on the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport, just needing to get through nine more innings of practice baseball, Madison Bumgarner sustained a displaced fracture on the pinkie knuckle of his pitching hand when he was hit by a Whit Merrifield line drive in the third inning of the Giants’ 9-6 loss to the Royals.

Bumgarner will have pins inserted into his hand to stabilize the fracture in the fifth metacarpal. …continue reading here…