Crick deals with back tightness, misses start

San Francisco Giants No. 1 prospect Kyle Crick pitched for the Richmond Flying Squirrels on July 31, allowing four earned runs on four hits and a walk in the first inning. He didn't come out to start the second inning as he was replaced by Jose Casilla. Flying Squirrels radio broadcaster Jon Laaser said an injury resulted in the removal of Crick from the game.

"He felt a little tightness in his back during that start," Laasar said, "so they pushed him back to the end of the rotation."

Crick's was scheduled to start Thursday night's game at home but he will now, since being pushed to the back end of the rotation, pitch Sunday afternoon against Portland.

The right-hander had been throwing well up until being removed from last week's start, including an 11-strikeout performance on July 25 at Erie. Before the July 31 game, Crick owned a 1.91 ERA in his previous six starts with 48 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Overall in the 2014 season, Crick's numbers have been disappointing, notably his 53 walks in 83.2 total innings. However, each month has shown steady improvement in that area with the strikeout-to-walk ratio increasing from 1.04 in April to 2.79 in July.