DENVER — The Giants lost two games at Coors Field over 24 hours, but the loss they suffered in the bullpen will be felt for much longer. Right-hander Sergio Romo has a flexor strain in his pitching arm and will be put on the disabled list.
The Giants said Romo won’t throw for the next two weeks, at which point he’ll be reevaluated. The team will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday, and it is expected that they add another pitcher.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Romo is going to be “down for a little while, but I can’t tell you how long.” The Giants are considering this a rehab process, and surgery isn’t currently on the table.
Matt Cain came down with a flexor strain on the eve of the 2015 season and didn’t make his debut until July 2, but the Giants won’t put that kind of timetable on Romo. Cain said his biggest issue after he healed was getting his pitch count up high enough to start a game. Romo generally doesn’t face more than three or four batters in an appearance.
“I guess it depends on how bad it is,” Cain said. “I think everybody is probably a little different … let’s hope his is not nearly as long a timetable as mine was.”
Romo has made four appearances this season and he warmed up Tuesday night. He felt sore the next morning, and the feeling was still there when he played catch before Wednesday’s game. The Giants immediately sent him back to San Francisco for tests.
Bochy said before the game that Cory Gearrin will take Romo’s role in the seventh and eighth innings. He anticipates keeping eight relievers through this stretch of games without an off day, and Mike Broadway, Derek Law and Steven Okert are the three in Triple-A who are on the 40-man roster.
The Giants could also call up a starter like Clayton Blackburn or Chris Stratton and keep Chris Heston in a short relief role. If they opt for a player not on the 40-man roster — like Jake Dunning — they could put Ian Gardeck (Tommy John surgery) on the 60-day DL to clear a spot.