The Giants weren’t off to a good start, and now it’s gotten much worse.

San Francisco ace and postseason standout Madison Bumgarner will miss roughly two months after a dirt bike accident. Bumgarner has bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain. The incident occurred Thursday during the Giants’ off day in Denver.

Bumgarner is out of the hospital and resting, but his absence will discourage even the most optimistic Giants supporters. San Francisco has struggled through the young season, slumping to a 6-10 record, placing it last in the NL West.

The division thus far looks formidable, bringing even more pressure on the Giants to stay afloat until Bumgarner returns. The Dodgers have been inconsistent thus far, but for aspiring contenders Colorado and Arizona, the injury gives them a slight boost. It’s too early for the Giants to panic, but reasons for concern are piling up.

The West appears much improved. The Giants were already facing an uphill battle to claim the division, but with a clustered wild card race, health may be the deciding factor.

Bumgarner is one of the best postseason pitchers of all-time. But he’ll need his team to step up without him if he’ll receive a playoff opportunity in 2017.

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