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.
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.
-- ANDREW BAGGARLY