Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner isscheduled to throw a bullpen se sion Monday in San Francisco, the next step in his rehab from abroken little finger on his throwinghand that has the team optimistic about the timeline for his return,the San Francisco Chronicle reported.It could be close, managerBruce Bochysaid in an optimistic a se sment of Bumgarner’s return, driven perhaps by wishful thinking given that the Giants haven’t seena starter complete six innings since May 5.After Monday’s bullpen, Bumgarnerwill https://www.nationalsedges.com/washington-nationals/anthony-rendon-jersey face live hitters, likelyin only onerehab start, when the Giants are in Houston nextweek. He is eligible to return from the 60-day DL on May 26, and Bochy said he won’t need much more time than that.”That’s how well he’s throwing the ball. If his pitch count is around 75 in that (rehab start) he could make a start here, similar to what we did with (JeffSamardzija),”he said (via NBC Sports Bay Area). “We’ll fill in with the bullpen instead of taking another (rehab) start to get up to 100 pitches. We’ll see where we’ https://www.nationalsedges.com/washington-nationals/miguel-montero-jersey re at and how he’s feeling.”The broken finger has sidelinedBumgarner all season.Doctorsremoved three pins from his hand April 19.Bumgarner, 104-76 in his career, had double-digit victories from 2011-16 but fell to 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in an injury-plagued 2017 season, the first time his season ERA was above 3.00 since 2012.The Giants are 20-21 in Bumgarner’s absence, good for third place in the NL West entering Monday’s play, but no starter has more than three wins, Johnny Cueto is on the 60-day DL with elbow problems and five of seven pitchers who have at least one https://www.nationalsedges.com/washington-nationals/gio-gonzalez-jersey start are under .500.