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Romo's elbow remains concern for Giants

Romo's elbow remains concern for Giants

Romo's elbow remains concern for Giants
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).

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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.

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