Matthew Boyd’s rehab was cut short by tension; The Giants will soon recover Cobb and DeSclafani

PITTSBURGH – As the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of recovering two starting pitchers, their depth of rotation has received bad news: left-hander Matthew Boyd was diagnosed with flexor tendon strain after leaving his pitching session on Tuesday early.

Boyd, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, will not pitch for the next four weeks. The Giants had hoped to get him back in July, but now late August looks like the earliest possibility if Boyd progresses well, and there’s a chance Boyd, signed to a one-year, $5.2 million deal, won’t start. not for the team this season.

“He’s very disappointed,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I don’t think any of these rehabs are perfect. There always seems to be some unease. … This one, I admit, is a little bigger, a flexor strain is a real injury and I think that shifts his timeline quite a bit, and for a guy who’s worked really hard to get into the position of coming back at the end of June, it’s going to be difficult.

Alex Cobb will leave IL on Sunday, however, after missing the 15-day minimum with a stiff neck, and Anthony DeSclafani (ankle) could start one of the games in Atlanta next week. In his second rehab start, DeSclafani allowed five hits, two walks and four runs (three earned) and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings at Tacoma Thursday.

Teams must reduce pitching staff to 13 by Monday; the Giants are among a handful currently at 13 — but they only have three regular starters plus Sam Long on the roster and Cobb and DeSclafani returning. As good as Long was on his last call, he’s likely to be sent back to Triple-A Sacramento to start stretching when needed, and reliever Mauricio Llovera is also a good bet to go to Sacramento.

DeSclafani is on the 60-day IL, as is outfielder Steven Duggar, who is also set to return, so the team will need to eliminate two from the 40-man roster. Duggar will likely be optioned to Sacramento, given the quality of left-handed outfielder Luis González’s play.

Road warrior: Outfielder Joc Pederson, the pride of Palo Alto, took advantage of the Giants’ off-night to travel to Boston to see the Warriors win the NBA championship.

“Joc is a super fan,” Evan Longoria, third baseman and Warriors fan, said admiringly. “He puts in effort.”

Pederson is a lifelong Warriors fan and he lived with Trayce Thompson, Klay’s brother, while he was with the Dodgers, and he also got to know Draymond Green.

“To see the emotion these guys felt after the game is special,” said Pederson. “Achieving this is not easy. They obviously started off on a good foot and went to the NBA Finals and won three, then had a few down years, then fought back from injuries and they got a little older. A lot of people didn’t believe they were the team, but all the time they felt like they believed in themselves and that’s all that matters.

“To be able to win in a playoff like this you have to have a tight-knit group of people pulling the same string and that’s hard to do for a year, let alone four years. I used to tell people I went with, “You might never see something like that again. This dynasty that they brought together is very Michael Jordan-esque.

Pederson is no stranger to ways to win. He played in 79 postseason games, including four World Series, and was part of the last two championship teams.

“A different sport, obviously, but it takes a special focus and a group of guys to be able to come together and overcome different situations when you’re in the playoffs, you see how much work and dedication goes into that.

“These emotions are real and winning a championship is a priceless feeling. They all deserve it so much and I’m really happy for them.

Pederson’s brother, Champ, worked for the Warriors and won a ring for his efforts one year; Champ, who has Down syndrome, now works for the Giants.

Susan Slusser is editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @susanslusser

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