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Romo getting close to return

Romo getting close to return

DENVER -- Right-hander Sergio Romo, potentially a key figure in the Giants' bullpen, could be ready to rejoin the club in about two weeks if he avoids further physical setbacks, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.

Romo has been sidelined since Spring Training with a sprained throwing elbow. But Bochy said that the 26-year-old pitched a game Tuesday without incident in extended spring training at the team's Scottsdale, Ariz., training complex. Bochy said that after one more outing, Romo likely will report to either Class A San Jose or Triple-A Fresno to pitch and make sure his arm is in shape.

"He's had no setbacks and he has felt great," Bochy said of Romo.

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Romo could help provide the setup relief depth that the Giants are striving to maintain. He was 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA last year in 29 appearances, striking out 33 and walking eight in 34 innings.

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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