McGee is feeling better as he recovers from his recent COVID-19 vaccine but is likely to need one more day before returning to the roster, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. McGee was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday while dealing with the side effects of the shot, but it doesn't look as though he'll miss more than two games. Tyler Rogers would ordinarily be the next man up if a save chance arises, but he's pitched on each of the last two days, so that job could go to any of a large number of similar players Monday.
The Giants announced that McGee was placed on the injured list Sunday after he experienced some lingering effects from the second COVID-19 vaccine shot he received recently, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports. McGee received the shot in question late in the week, and the side effects he experienced from the vaccine may have played a factor in his substandard outing Saturday, when he blew a save against the Marlins while giving up two runs on four hits over one inning. The Giants are hopeful that McGee will only need a day or two to recover before he's back to feeling 100 percent, so fantasy managers should continue to hold him in the meantime. Even after Saturday's blowup, McGee has still been one of the top fantasy closers this season with a win, six saves and a 2.16 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over his nine outings.
The Giants placed McGee on the injured list Sunday due to an unspecified issue. McGee's move to the IL comes one day after he was charged with his first blown save of the season when he gave up two runs on four hits over a 35-pitch inning against the Marlins. Prior to the implosion, McGee had been one of baseball's most valuable closers through the first two weeks of the season with a win and six saves across his initial eight appearances. The fact that the Giants aren't listing McGee with a specific injury suggests his IL move could be related to COVID-19 protocols, but no information on his situation has emerged. In the meantime, the Giants are likely to turn to Tyler Rogers as their interim closer.
McGee allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over one inning in Saturday's 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Marlins. He was charged with a blown save. McGee's impeccable run of form to start the year came to a close Saturday, as the Marlins put together a ninth-inning rally against the Giants' closer. The 34-year-old southpaw saw his ERA balloon to 2.16 with a 0.96 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB across 8.1 innings this season. McGee is 6-for-7 in save chances so far, so this is likely just a minor hiccup in an otherwise solid run.
McGee pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one hit and one strikeout to earn the save in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Reds. McGee entered the game and protected a three-run lead for his major-league leading sixth save of the year. The single he allowed to Joey Votto was the first hit he's surrendered this year. MeGee boasts a 0.00 ERA, 0.41 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB across 7.1 innings this season. He's also picked up a win in eight appearances.
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