Issue: Sergio Romo’s elbow
Analysis: This is not good, folks. It’s awful. Any concern for Romo’s long-term health should be every bit as intense as the concern shown for that of Brian Wilson when the closer’s wing was whacked out.
Fortunately, Wilson’s elbow appears to be ready to rock. The guy’s an absolute animal when it comes to his workouts, so you know he attacked his rehab with similar vigor, and it’s paid off in the form of a spring training that’s gone exactly the way the Giants, who dialed Wilson back to protect him from his hair-on-fire desire to compete, had planned.
But the Giants aren’t going to be trotting B-Weez out for nearly as many four-, five- or six-out saves as they’ve done in the past, and that means the health of their setup men is paramount.
The Giants’ best setup man? Romo, with a bullet. He’s firing blanks right now, though. Not firing at all, actually.
This thing better not linger, gang. If Romo misses extended time, the Giants’ bullpen gets thrown incredibly out of whack.
The next-best relievers on the staff are Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt. Both are left-handed. No need to explain where that spells trouble.
The next-best righty on the staff is Santiago Casilla, who has crazy stuff when he’s on and confident, but he’s got some proving to do when it comes to handling serious pressure, and that’s what he’ll be facing almost daily if he has to play the Romo role for any period of time.
It’s too early still to freak out. Romo has time to get right, and the Giants have been going the cautious route with everyone on the mend. It’s a good approach.
It’s not a guarantee of health, though. Elbows have a mind of their own.