Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong injures his back



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong says he will miss at least the first 10 days of spring training workouts while he recovers from a strained back that he injured lifting weights earlier this month.

Vogelsong, who became an unlikely All-Star last year in a comeback season, said he was squatting on a balance ball with 70-pound dumbbells — weights he had used all winter — on Feb. 7 when he got hurt. He says it’s “not too bad but we want to make sure we’re cautious.”

Last month, Vogelsong received an $8.3 million, two-year contract to give him some job security. The 34-year-old Vogelsong set a career high for wins last season while going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games and 28 starts.