Randy Johnson Put on DL

The San Francisco Giants placed pitcher Randy Johnson on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after an MRI exam revealed a strained rotator cuff.

The team recalled infielder Kevin Frandsen from Triple-A Fresno and it is expected that left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will get Johnson’s spot in the rotation for now. Baseball betting information tells us that Sanchez is scheduled to start on Friday against San Diego.

San Francisco is hoping that Johnson can return in two to three weeks but manager Bruce Bochy said that the timetable for Johnson’s return is not certain. "I'm sure age becomes a factor at this stage." Johnson is 8-6 this season but has a high ERA of 4.81 as baseball betting statistics tell us. "He was on a pace to win 15 games at least," Bochy said. "This guy's been amazing, what he's done and what he's accomplished. He's disappointed to have to go on the disabled list, because he was feeling great." San Francisco is still considered an outside contender in baseball betting to make the World Series as they are 16-1 in baseball betting odds at the sports book.

The Giants have had a great trio in baseball betting odds at the online sportsbook this season with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Johnson. They will have to do without Johnson for a while though. "He's disappointed. He's talked about how he wants to be a big part of this rotation and help us win ballgames.” Bochy said, “He was on a pace here to win 15 or 16 ballgames. He's disappointed he has to go on the DL because he's been feeling great until yesterday."

Baseball betting statistics at the sports book tell us that the Giants are in the running in the National League for a Wild Card spot and Johnson has been important in stabilizing the rotation. If the injury is minor then Johnson could be back soon. "Hopefully that's all it is and he can go back to the mound whenever he's due," catcher Bengie Molina said. "Hopefully it's nothing serious. That's the first thing we have to think about."

The Giants had been carrying an extra pitcher so they were able to bring up Fransden to take Johnson’s spot on the roster. Fransden was batting .304 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 64 games with Fresno as baseball betting statistics show.