Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner designated for project after tough begin to season: report

Madison Bumgarner’s future with the Arizona Diamondbacks seems to be over after one other tough outing on Wednesday. 

The veteran pitcher was designated for project on Thursday, in response to a report by ESPN. 

Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Cardinals

Arizona Diamondbacks beginning pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws through the first inning of a baseball sport in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in St. Louis. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Picture/Jeff Roberson)

Towards the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Bumgarner allowed seven earned runs in simply three innings in a 14-5 loss.

The loss dropped Bumgarner to 0-3 on the season as his ERA ballooned to 10.26. 


Following the loss, Arizona supervisor Torey Lovullo was requested concerning the group’s plan for Bumgarner. 

“I do not know,” Lovullo mentioned, in response to MLB.com. “As we do with each begin, we group up as a [coaching] employees after which sit down with the entrance workplace and determine what to do subsequent. The employees will sit down and determine what is going on to present us the most suitable choice in 5 days. We do the identical factor after each begin, and we’ll try this once more.”

Bumgarner had a brutal third inning on Wednesday, permitting 4 earned runs, capped by a three-run dwelling run by Cardinals’ shortstop Tommy Edman. 


St. Louis catcher Willson Contreras led off the inning with a stroll, flipping his bat after Bumgarner appeared to take concern together with his response after lacking a pitch he clearly wished he had again. 

Willson Contreras speaks to the Arizona catcher

St. Louis Cardinals’ Willson Contreras, middle, is held again by dwelling plate umpire Junior Valentin, left, as Contreras talks with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jose Herrera, proper, through the third inning of a baseball sport Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in St. Louis. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Picture/Jeff Roberson)

Cameras appeared to catch the left-handed pitcher mouthing profanities towards the Cardinals catcher. 

“Most likely return and skim lips, perhaps,” Bumgarner mentioned when requested what he mentioned to Contreras.

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Bumgarner was signed to a five-year, $85 million deal earlier than the 2020 season, and had an ERA of 5.23 as a member of the Diamondbacks. 

Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Cardinals

Madison Bumgarner #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals within the first inning at Busch Stadium on April 19, 2023 in St. Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Photographs)

“The empathetic facet of me hurts for him,” Lovullo mentioned Wednesday. “I would like each pitcher to do effectively, and I understand how exhausting he’s working. He’s simply grinding. And the opposite facet of me is extraordinarily pissed off. I need to see all people do effectively and assist us win baseball video games and, sadly, that didn’t occur.”

The Diamondbacks will eat greater than $34 million of Bumgarner’s contract, and the left-handed pitcher will be capable of signal with one other group for the veteran minimal as soon as he clears waivers. 


Peter Johnson