Giants officially decline 2014 contract option for Vogelsong 

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  • Trainer Mark Gruesbeck (L) of the San Francisco Giants looks at the pitching hand of Ryan Vogelsong #32 after Vogelsong was hit in the hand by a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at AT&T Park on May 20, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
The Giants and pitcher Ryan Vogelsong are moving forward into free agency, each prepared to explore their separate opportunities.

At the same time, neither side is ruling out a reunion or coming back together at some point.

The Giants formally declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Monday, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road about a deal.

“The door’s open for dicussions with Vogelsong, but we’re not actively talking right now,” assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday night. “Both sides are going to do some exploration of the market before we dive into that.”

Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. Vogelsong is due a $300,000 buyout.

Evans said the Giants didn’t offer Vogelsong a contract with a lower guaranteed salary.

“We did not put anything on the table. There’s no formal process where we go from here,” Evans said.

San Francisco has been in discussions with lefty reliever Javier Lopez, and Evans expects him to explore his options in free agency.

In addition Monday, Evans said Giants 17-year-old outfielder Gustavo Cabrera — a top prospect in the organization from last year’s international free-agent class — flew to San Francisco for emergency surgery after an injury in his Dominican Republic home. The way Evans understands it, upon returning home from instructional league Cabrera slipped and tried to break his fall by raising his right arm but it went through glass and he nearly severed his wrist. The Giants’ top team of doctors worked on Cabrera, who is now able to move his fingers again.

“How he flew to San Francisco in immense pain, I’ll never know, a brave young man,” Evans said. “He’s 17 years old. I don’t think it’s career-threatening. We could be looking at a year or more of rehab to get him back to baseball activity.”

A right-handed hitter Cabrera batted .247 with two home runs, seven doubles, four triples and 22 RBIs with 21 stolen bases in 54 games for the Giants’ Dominican Summer League team this year.

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