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MadBum could learn recovery rate today

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PHOENIX -- Madison Bumgarner and the Giants could learn more on Thursday about the left-hander's recovery rate from his fractured throwing hand.

Dr. Donald Sheridan, who inserted three pins to stabilize Bumgarner's hand after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Whit Merrifield in the final Cactus League exhibition on March 23, will examine the Giants ace in Phoenix on Thursday.

PHOENIX -- Madison Bumgarner and the Giants could learn more on Thursday about the left-hander's recovery rate from his fractured throwing hand.

Dr. Donald Sheridan, who inserted three pins to stabilize Bumgarner's hand after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Whit Merrifield in the final Cactus League exhibition on March 23, will examine the Giants ace in Phoenix on Thursday.

Bumgarner explained that if Sheridan determines that his hand has healed succificiently, he can begin baseball-related activities. If the pins must remain inserted, Bumgarner believed even that to be tolerable. After all, that stage wasn't expected until slightly later.

"If we let it go, I still won't consider it a setback," Bumgarner said Wednesday.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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