San Francisco Giants report: Krukow to cut back 45 games in 2017; Kruk suffering from degenerative muscle disease

February 12, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

AP photo Jeff Chiu: San Francisco Giant broadcaster Duane Kuiper (right) adjusts Giants cap on the head of Giants fan Grace Witt (center) with Giant broadcaster Mike Krukow( left) looking on at AT&T Park Giants Fanfest on Saturday Feb 11, 2017

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO–With the 2017 season for the San Francisco Giants starting on April 2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, there will be the familiar voices of Dave Flemming, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow and Jon Miller in the television and radio booths; however one thing will change this season. Krukow will not be traveling with the club east of Denver. Meaning Krukow will miss 45 games back east.

Krukow, who is now 64 years old will work a reduce schedule this season due to his degenerative muscle disease, and will be replaced by Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez. Krukow said he approached the Giants about the idea of cutting back and they told him they loved to have as much as many games he can work, “I’m feeling good, but at the end of last season, it became pretty obvious I couldn’t do the whole thing again,” Krukow told the Mercury News. “I approached the Giants and they were fabulous. They said, `We’ll take what you can give us.’

During the season, Krukow will work all 81 home games and road games within the National League West nothing east of Denver but emphasized that he won’t miss any post season games. “So I won’t do the longer trips just so I can preserve some strength, because I want to do this for a long time. And I believe that I can, but I’ve got to be smart about it.”

In all, the former Giants right hander will work 117 of the 162 games. Former Giant pitchers Javy Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt will both work games doing color for play by play announcer Duane Kuiper while Kruk is on the shelf for those 45 games. Krukow has all the confidence in Lopez and Affeldt to do the job, “Left-handed perspective, that’s good,” Krukow said. “Affeldt is a true lefty but Javy, maybe, he’s a right-hander in a left-hander’s body. They’re both fantastic. They been around the game a long time.”

Jeremy Kahn is a San Francisco Giants beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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