"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.