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Rehabbing Giants reliever hits ‘setback’ with shoulder tightness

The elusive return of Travis Bergen took a bad turn.

The lefty reliever, a Rule 5 pick from Toronto this offseason, hit a setback in his recovery from a left shoulder strain. The 25-year-old threw an inning for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, and Tuesday he reported some “tightness” in his left shoulder, Bruce Bochy said Friday.

“We had our docs look at him today,” the manager said before Friday’s Oracle Park matchup against the Cardinals. “We’re going to back him off for a week and reevaluate. He’ll be off during the All-Star break. … Just a little setback here.”

Bochy was not sure if an MRI would be required, as he didn’t have the results from Bergen’s doctor visit.

Bergen hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 17 and had posted a 4.24 ERA in 18 games this season. It’s been a long road back, as the reliever had nine minor league appearances before being shut down.

As a Rule 5 pick, the Giants could not option him to the minors outside of the rehab assignment.

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