PITTSBURGH -- Maybe Pat Burrell brought more than his dangerous bat to the Giants. Maybe he also brought Mark DeRosa some good luck.
During his final day with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Burrell and DeRosa chatted about their respective wrist injuries, which happen to be similar. Burrell hurt his wrist in 2004; DeRosa's currently on an injury rehabilitation assignment as he tries to determine whether he's fit to play.
Burrell and DeRosa even consulted the same physician, Dr. Thomas Graham, for second opinions. Graham recently told DeRosa that he'll need a second operation sooner or later, but he advised Burrell, who was told by a Phillies doctor that he should have surgery, to avoid the procedure. Shortly after going on the disabled list in August, Burrell ceased feeling discomfort. He returned in September to hit six home runs.
It may have been coincidence that DeRosa proceeded to go 3-for-4 with an RBI in Fresno's 8-4 loss at Las Vegas. Burrell said that DeRosa twice made authoritative contact, grounding a single up the middle and lining another hit over third base.
"I think sometimes the body has a way of adapting," Burrell said.
That's what DeRosa is hoping.