LOS ANGELES -- Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa could be headed for his second stint of the season on the disabled list after straining his left wrist in Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Though DeRosa's playing status was initially announced as day to day, manager Bruce Bochy said of the 36-year-old, "It looks like he's going to be out for a while." Bochy added that DeRosa will return to San Francisco on Thursday to be examined by physicians.
DeRosa appeared to hurt himself as he was cocking his bat for Clayton Kershaw's 1-2 pitch, which bounced in the dirt. DeRosa immediately spun out of the batter's box and, in obvious pain, immobilized his left arm by pressing it against his body.
"He said it felt like [Dodgers catcher Rod] Barajas grabbed his bat," Giants outfielder Cody Ross said.
As head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner led him off the field, DeRosa angrily whipped off his batting helmet and flung it down the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse.
Without DeRosa, the Giants likely will resume using Miguel Tejada at third base and Mike Fontenot at shortstop until injured third baseman Pablo Sandoval returns in late June.
The injury was an ominous one for DeRosa, who has undergone left wrist surgery twice since October 2009. He was sidelined with inflammation in the wrist during late April and was playing his seventh game since being reinstated from the disabled list last Tuesday. DeRosa, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with San Francisco as a free agent before the 2009 season, has been limited to 44 games as a Giant by his wrist problems.
Given DeRosa's considerable populariity among his teammates, Ross spoke for many Giants in expressing sadness over DeRosa's latest misfortune.
"He's one of my closest friends on the team," Ross said. "To see a guy go down after battling it for the last year or more -- you could tell instantly he was in pain. I just feel bad for him. Hopefully it's not too bad."
DeRosa's batting average had dwindled to .162 (6-for-37) with an 0-for-23 skid, the longest hitless streak of his career.