SAN DIEGO -- Mark DeRosa hopes that his forced inactivity will end with his stint on the 15-day disabled list. But he admitted Monday that he can't be certain about that.
As anticipated, DeRosa went on the DL, retroactive to May 9, with left wrist neuritis. The infielder-outfielder will become eligible for activation next Monday -- San Francisco's next scheduled off-day, meaning that he could play as early as the start of the Washington series on May 25.
"The way I'm approaching this is, for the next seven days I'm going to treat the heck out of it, get it as good as I can get it and then go get 'em," said DeRosa, the Giants' Opening Day left fielder.
Outfielder-second baseman Eugenio Velez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace DeRosa on the active roster. Velez's return to the Giants probably will be brief, since second baseman Freddy Sanchez (left shoulder) likely will be activated from the 15-day DL any day now, and no later than the end of this week.
DeRosa's fervent wish is that the numbness in the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand will vanish before his DL stay expires. He reasoned that once he conquers the numbness, he should be able to tolerate the discomfort in his wrist lingering from the surgery he underwent last Oct. 26 to repair a torn tendon sheath. DeRosa played with the wrist injury in last season's second half with St. Louis and hit .228 with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs.
Repeating that chore won't be easy.
"Some days are better than others," DeRosa said. "Some days I'd have no pain."
Asked to describe the painful junctures, DeRosa compared it to being stabbed in the wrist at some point during his swing.
"And you don't know when it's going to be," he said.
DeRosa said that he'll test his wrist by trying to swing a bat Tuesday. He acknowledged that he's not sure how his wrist will respond.
"It feels great now, but legitimately, I haven't picked up a bat in six days," he said.
DeRosa noted that he took five to 10 practice cuts in the training room.
"That's no barometer," he said, though he added, "I definitely feel like the treatment's working."
That's because DeRosa's numbness has subsided somewhat and the swelling in his wrist is noticeably decreased.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.