ATLANTA -- Sergio Romo's sore throwing elbow, again described as "cranky" by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, could prove to be downright angry if the club is forced to place the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, which could happen as early as Tuesday.
"Sure," Bochy said Monday when asked if Romo's health loomed as a rising concern. "He becomes a possibility to go on the DL. That's a call we're going to have to make really soon."
Romo's tender elbow has prevented him from pitching since last Tuesday against Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old has put together a remarkable season, recording a Major League-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (13.25-1, based on 53 strikeouts against four walks) while pitching only 37 2/3 innings spanning 53 appearances. Romo also entered Monday ranked seventh among National League relievers in ERA (1.67) and opponents' batting average (.154).
If Romo goes on the DL, the most likely candidate from the organization's 40-man roster to replace him on the active big league roster would be left-hander Dan Runzler, who has made 70 relief appearances for San Francisco since 2009 but has started 10 games in 14 appearances this year with Triple-A Fresno.
By contrast, Bochy said that closer Brian Wilson, who was unavailable Sunday due to a stiff back, was feeling much improved and would be available for the series opener against Atlanta.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.