Doesn't look good for DeRosa and his left wrist

LOS ANGELES -- If Mark DeRosa played his final game as a Giant on Wednesday, the team will have received a total of 13 RBIs for their $12 million investment in the veteran infielder.

Of course, with a crystal ball, Giants GM Brian Sabean wouldn't have signed DeRosa to a two-year contract before last season.

But as his teammates were quick to point out, DeRosa's value to the club cannot be measured on the stat sheet alone. His guidance was instrumental to Pablo Sandoval, Jonathan Sanchez and several others during last season's run to the World Series.

His teammates hoped for the best, as DeRosa traveled back to San Francisco on Thursday for an examination of his twice-repaired left wrist. It certainly didn't look good when he strained it in bizarre fashion Wednesday, yelping in pain as he simply loaded up his hands as Clayton Kershaw delivered a 1-2 pitch in the fourth inning.

Exam and test results weren't immediately available.

"He was in quite a bit of pain," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who talked to DeRosa during the game and called his hotel room later that night. "He was in a little better frame of mind later on. "... You feel awful for him. He was going to get some playing time, too."

The Giants placed DeRosa on the disabled list and recalled infielder Manny Burriss from Triple-A Fresno. Burriss is likely to get a few starts at shortstop until Pablo Sandoval returns in three or four weeks, Bochy said.

  • Sandoval took another step forward in his recovery from right hand surgery. He was allowed to play catch and throw overhand after fielding ground balls.

  • Aaron Rowand took swings in an indoor cage and said his back was improved but still sore one day after he felt a jolt while trying to beat the throw on a ground ball. To add insult to injury, Rowand confirmed on replay that umpire D.J. Reyburn blew the call.

    Rowand wouldn't have started anyway Thursday night, as Bochy planned to go with his hottest bats. And Rowand was hitting .138 in nine games since May 6, with 15 strikeouts in 29 at-bats.

  • One day after Sergio Romo screamed into his glove after facing just one hitter, Bochy called the right-hander into his office for a chat. In 17 appearances entering Thursday, Romo had thrown just 101/3 innings -- by far the lightest workload among Giants relievers.

  • Left-hander Barry Zito (sprained right foot) threw off a mound with no problems. He'll face hitters in simulated game conditions Tuesday.

    -- ANDREW BAGGARLY