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Madison Bumgarner on bike mishap: ‘Definitely not the most responsible decision’

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, speaking publicly for the first time since the Colorado dirt bike accident that injured his pitching shoulder, said Monday he deeply regrets the decision to risk his body in an off-day outdoor endeavor but vowed to get back to the mound as quickly as he possibly can.

“It’s terrible,” Bumgarner said. “Obviously, it was not my intentions when we set out to enjoy the off day. I realize that’s definitely not the most responsible decision I’ve made. It sucks not being able to be out here with my guys.”

Bumgarner said he didn’t make a formal apology to the team but has spoken to teammates individually.

“I feel like it’s pretty clear,” he said. “I obviously don’t want to be in this situation, don’t want to put these guys in this situation, this organization, the fans, the city.”

Bumgarner, who met the media with his left arm in a sling, said he was still having tests on his shoulder and ribs — he was scheduled for a second MRI Monday evening — but does not yet know if he suffered any structural damage in his pitching arm. He said he has been feeling better every day since the mishap, however.

Groeschner did not shed a whole lot more light on Bumgarner’s immediate prognosis than the pitcher himself.

“We don’t really have a timetable yet because we have to gather all the information,” the trainer said. “But he’s in a sling now so it’s going to be a little while. I think in the next one to two days we’ll have a better idea.

Bumgarner said he spent the off day last Thursday riding trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members. He said they were near the end of 2-3 hours riding when the accident occurred. The pitcher maintained he was making every effort to be safe and couldn’t describe what caused the accident.

“Man, I knew I was going to get asked that question and I wish I had some sort of cool story for you, some kind of crazy wreck  but it really wasn’t anything spectacular,” he said. “It was just super unfortunate.

“I wasn’t really going that fast. I honestly don’t know what happened. It was a surprise to me, too … when I was younger, I got in much worse wrecks. Nothing ever happened, though. But that was a long time ago, too.”

Bumgarner said he immediately called Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner and had one of his relatives drive him to the nearest hospital emergency room to get checked out..

Asked to provide specifics on the extent of his injuries and how soon he expects to be back, Bumgarner was noncommittal.

“I’m probably not qualified to answer those questions,” he said I’m just going to do everything I can do to get back as quick as I can.”

Asked if he expects to pitch again in the 2017 season, he added, “It’s hard to put a timetable on it, but I certainly would be disappointed if I wasn’t.”

Bumgarner said he understands that his trail bike adventure probably violated clauses in his contract about things he shouldn’t do away from the baseball field.

I think there’s quite a bit of stuff in there but it’s probably not the first time I’ve made a stupid decision,” he said. “We are human.”

Bumgarner said he has talked with Giants CEO Larry Baer and general manager Bobby Evans. He added he had spoken with many of his fellow players individually, intimating that he had apologized to them. He doesn’t know if he’ll face punishment by the organization for his actions.

“We haven’t talked about it, and I haven’t been informed if there is,” he said. “The only thing I’m putting my focus on now is busting my butt and rehabbing and making sure I get back here to help this team. It is what it is and I just have to deal with it now.

“They honestly couldn’t have nicer to me and more caring than they were,” Bumgarner continued. “Obviously, I was expecting the worse and rightfully so, but the team and everybody have been super encouraging and positive and they’ve been really good to me throughout this process so far.”

Bumgarner said his arm is in a sling as a precautionary measure to keep his shoulder immobilized. He said he has not required any pain medications and he’s not having trouble sleeping. He said he can’t say for certain that he wouldn’t require surgery but didn’t think it would be necessary. He has not had any treatment as of yet, and that he’s simply resting and icing his injuries.

He is encouraged that he has made improvement every day, however.

“A lot of times you hear people say the second, third, fourth days it gets worse,” he said. “But in this case, every day I wake up, everything just feels a little better. I’ve got to believe that’s a good sign.”

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