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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Francisco Giants have placed ace Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list with bruised ribs and “a grade one or two left shoulder AC sprain.” He’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to the injury.

The news here is how Bumgarner sustained the injuries: Rosenthal reports it happened during a dirt bike accident on the team’s off day in Colorado. Bumgarner was treated but is now out of the hospital, resting at the team hotel.

The shoulder sprain is on the low-end of severity for AC sprains which normally are evaluated on a 1-6 scale, with 6 being the most severe. That 6-8 week report notwithstanding, Bumgarner will be reevaluated next week, and we’ll know his prognosis and timeline for pitching again in a more official way. He’s a tough SOB, so I guess if he doesn’t need an amputation he’ll probably only miss minimal time all things considered.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was activated from the disabled list to start on Monday against the Rockies. Taillon hadn’t pitched since May 3 as he shortly thereafter underwent surgery for testicular cancer. Taillon recovered quickly, as he threw off a mound just two weeks after his surgery.

Prior to landing on the disabled list, Taillon had a 3.31 ERA and a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings across six starts for the Pirates. On Monday night, he held the Rockies scoreless over five innings, yielding five hits and two walks with five strikeouts on 82 pitches.

The Pirates were easing Taillon back into action, which is why he was removed after 82 pitches. He’ll be able to get to 100 and beyond as the month progresses.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday’s game against the Cubs with a sore left heel, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Cespedes lined out to center field to end the bottom of the fifth inning and did not take his position to start the top of the sixth.

Cespedes, 31, was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He had missed the previous six weeks with hamstring and quad injuries. He impressed in his first game back, slugging a grand slam, but it was obvious that he was still experiencing lower half discomfort circling the bases.

Source: mlb.nbcsports.com