July 16, 2021Updated: July 16, 2021 4:33 p.m.
San Francisco Giants’ Dominic Leone pitches in 7th inning against Washington Nationals during MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Leone relieved Kevin Gausman with no outs and the bases loaded and got out of the inning giving up only one run.
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ST. LOUIS — Kevin Gausman’s anticipated first start of the second half will be pushed back, with the Giants’ right hander placed on emergency family leave Friday so he can be with his wife, Taylor, who was hospitalized near their home in Louisiana with pregnancy complications.
“Taylor’s well, and it’s possible she’ll be out of the hospital in the next couple of days,” manager Gabe Kapler said at Busch Stadium. “Kevin is taking care of his family, which is the right thing and we’re just taking it day-by day.”
Logan Webb, who came off the injured list to pitch the Friday before the break, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start the first game at Busch Stadium. Webb worked three innings against the Nationals last week and allowed just one hit.
Gausman was in his hometown of Denver for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, though he was not eligible to pitch because he started for the Giants on Sunday. He has a 1.73 ERA, second best in the league behind Jacob deGrom’s 1.08 mark, and his 1.08 WHIP is also second-best in the league. He and Taylor have a daughter, Sadie, who is nearly 2 years old.
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @susanslusser
Susan Slusser has worked at The San Francisco Chronicle since 1996. She is the Giants beat writer. Previously, she covered the A’s full-time from 1999 to 2021.
Slusser’s book about the A’s, 100 Things A’s Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die, came out in 2014 and she and A’s radio announcer Ken Korach released a new book, If These Walls Could Talk, Tales from the Oakland A’s Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, in 2019. She is also a correspondent for the MLB Network.