Surkamp, 26, has progressed smoothly and steadily since famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews repaired his elbow last July 24. Surkamp began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class A San Jose this year in early June and posted a 2.93 ERA in five appearances before ascending to Triple-A Fresno. There, Surkamp was 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA. His last two outings were rocky, demonstrated by his six walks in five innings July 11 at Sacramento and his six runs and 10 hits allowed in 4 2/3 innings last Thursday against Tacoma.
"Coming off surgery, you're going to have your ups and downs," Surkamp said Monday. "My arm is back to 100 percent, but repeating [the delivery] is still part of the process."
Surkamp started six games for the Giants toward the end of the 2011 season, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.74 ERA. The left-hander's elbow problems developed the following spring.
"I'm super-excited to be up here," he said. "It's been a long year. ... You can't really say it's just another game."
In fact, Surkamp's parents, John and Maureen, and his sister, Allison, are planning on attending his outing at AT&T Park.
A Cincinnati native, Surkamp coincidentally will be facing his hometown team. He rooted for the Reds and especially Ken Griffey Jr. "because he went to my high school [Moeller]." But Surkamp never patterned himself after any particular Reds pitcher, preferring to study Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.