4:34pm: Gausman is dealing with side effects from the vaccine, Slusser tweets.
3:54pm: The Giants have placed right-hander Kevin Gausman on the injured list and recalled catcher Joey Bart, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was among those to report. The team didn’t provide a reason for Gausman’s IL placement.
Gausman, a former Oriole, Red and Brave who signed with the Giants prior to 2020, has emerged as an immensely important part of San Francisco’s rotation over the past season-plus. He was impressive enough last year for the Giants to put an $18.9MM qualifying offer on the table, which Gausman accepted instead of taking another trip to free agency during the winter.
Gausman has continued to roll in Year 2 as a Giant, which could set him up to receive a lucrative multiyear payday in the coming months. So far this season, Gausman has thrown 39 2/3 innings of 2.04 ERA ball with a 25.8 percent strikeout rate and a 7.1 percent walk rate. He has been one of the leaders of a Giants starting staff that entered Tuesday No. 1 in the majors in ERA (2.34) and second in fWAR (3.8). The work of Gausman & Co. has helped lead to a surprising 17-11 start for San Francisco, owner of a one-game lead in the National League West.
Bart, the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, made his debut as a much-ballyhooed prospect last year. The 24-year-old put up a weak .233/.288/.320 line with no home runs in 111 plate appearances as a rookie, and he hasn’t appeared in the bigs yet this season. The Giants have received otherworldly production behind the plate from a resurgent Buster Posey, who sat out last year because of COVID-19 concerns, though backup Curt Casali has posted woeful offensive numbers thus far. Casali has, however, garnered rave reviews for his defense.