LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers cost Joe Law, who was briefly a member of the 1988 A's, a World Series ring. But it's not like he could have worn it to his son's debut, anyway.
"He lost it," Derek Law said, laughing.
The younger Law was added to the roster Friday when the Giants put Sergio Romo on the disabled list with a right flexor strain. Derek is a hard-throwing right-hander with a good breaking ball and feel for the strike zone, and it shouldn't be long before he tops his father's big league career. Joe was called up for four days in 1988 but never got into a game.
"One pitch and I've got him," Derek said. "I can actually say I was better than him then, and I'll tell him what to do."
The Law family is on the way to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh and will be at Dodger Stadium this weekend as Derek attempts to get a Law in the record books. His fiancee, Chelsea, is also coming, along with her parents and two of Law's best friends from home.
The Giants chose Law over other options because of the way he was throwing, but this is a long time coming. Law nearly made the Opening Day roster in 2014 after a spectacular 2013 season. He struck out 45 and walked just one for the San Jose Giants in 2013, but after joining Double-A Richmond the next year Law needed reconstructive Tommy John surgery. He joins a growing list of Giants who have made it back from the procedure.
"It was just such a long process," Law said. "Even last year it was kind of a struggle when I came back. I guess I was pretty close back then (in 2014) but I didn't really expect to make the team back then."
Law said he felt he really started to throw like his old self at the end of spring training this season. He had pitched three scoreless appearances for Triple-A Sacramento and manager Bruce Bochy said the reports were good. Law will be thrown right into the mix in a bullpen that is now without Romo and could for a few days be without George Kontos, who was sore on Thursday. Law said he has added a cutter to the mix, making him a five-pitch guy. He primarily relies on a low 80's slider and mid 90's fastball.
Law is excited about that first big league out, and he's chasing a bigger dream, too. The 1988 ring isn't the only one the Law family lost. Derek believes (and he's right) that he could have been on the postseason roster in 2014 had he not gotten hurt.
"It was kind of bittersweet watching that World Series," he said. "I felt confident I was pitching well and I could have helped them out."
Two years later, Law is getting a second chance.
--- Bochy said he would have to check on Kontos to see if he's available. He was vague about what is bothering the right-hander, but admitted that Kontos -- not Chris Heston -- would have gotten Nolan Arenado yesterday had he been available.
Kontos pitched six times in the first nine games and warmed up at least once more.
--- Brandon Crawford (hip flexor) feels fine and expects to start Saturday.