HOUSTON -- The inevitable became official Tuesday as the Giants announced that infielder-outfielder Mark DeRosa will undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing left wrist.
A date for the procedure has not been scheduled, since Dr. Thomas Graham, the hand specialist who will perform DeRosa's surgery, is moving from Baltimore to the Cleveland Clinic. But Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said that DeRosa would be shelved for the year, even without the slight delay.
"We'd just be trying to push it too much," Groeschner said. "There's just too much at stake."
A prognosis, Groeschner added, will have to wait until after the surgery.
DeRosa, one of the most hotly pursued free agents last offseason, signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants and was the team's Opening Day left fielder. But he admitted recently that he never felt quite right after undergoing wrist surgery last October for an injury he sustained in midseason. Batting .194 in 26 games with the Giants confirmed that something was wrong.
DeRosa hadn't played for the Giants since early May and knew that he would need surgery sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner, though he went on a Minor League injury rehabilitation stint in the hope that a preceding rest would help calm down his wrist. It didn't.
Graham is expected to fix the tendon sheath in DeRosa's wrist and might release the carpal tunnel, which would free the nerve that caused numbness in the 35-year-old's ring and pinky fingers.