Casilla ready for action with new knee brace

Casilla ready for action with new knee brace

TORONTO -- Reliever Santiago Casilla, who hasn't made an appearance since May 8, was available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Casilla has been sidelined with a cyst in his right knee, which has led to some discomfort and forced him to exit early from the last game he pitched against the Phillies. But the right-hander, who threw off a mound Tuesday, was able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and the Giants were able to get by for a week with a thinner bullpen.

"Casilla is good to go and the rest of them are fine," Bochy said about his roster.

The 32-year-old Casilla, who will pitch with a brace on his knee, has been a huge part of San Francisco's bullpen since joining the team in 2010. Casilla, who led the Giants with 73 appearances in 2012, entered Wednesday with a 2.21 ERA and 170 strikeouts over 187 1/3 career innings with the Giants.

In 19 appearances this season, Casilla is sporting a 2.12 ERA and 1.12 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) with six holds.

Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.