Normally, getting a player off the disabled list is a happy occasion.
But when the Giants activated IF-OF Mark DeRosa from the 60-disabled list Thursday, it was sure to send the Twitter kingdom of Giants Nation into a frenzy.
The Giants activated DeRosa, who had been out since May 18 with a reoccurring wrist injury — the same wrist injury DeRosa suffered BEFORE he signed with the Giants in 2010. But the part of the deal that was sure to send Giants faithful into a frenzy was the demotion to Fresno of Brandon Belt.
It’s the third time Belt has been sent to Fresno this season. After making the opening day roster, Belt struggled hitting .192 and was sent down to Triple-A on April 20.
He was recalled in late May, but only appeared in two games before going on the DL with a hairline fracture in his wrist. After mending, he went back to Fresno before getting recalled in mid-July.
Since then, Belt hit .238 (5 for 21) with two walks and five strikeouts. He started five games. His season now stands with 2 HR, 7 RBI and .218.
Meanwhile, DeRosa hit .162 (6 for 37) this season after aggravating his wrist injury starting his swing at a game at Dodger Stadium.
DeRosa hit .294 with 0 HR and 3 RBI and five runs scored in a 10-game rehab stint at Fresno before getting recalled.
So as much as we’d like to believe Belt is this year’s version of Buster Posey, his numbers do not support that. We’ve seen glimpses with Belt, but not consistency.
And we know Bruce Bochy likes veterans, and will likely use DeRosa as a pinch-hitter with an occasional start at first base.
Now we just have to wait to see what 40-man move they’ll make to clear room for DeRosa, who was on the 60-day DL. Early guesses have included Alex Hinshaw, a 28-year-old left-handed pitcher who has pitched in the bigs in two years.
We can only hope he can contribute. But if he’s done, let him (or the Giants) discover it soon. Then add at Brett Pill to the 25- and 40-man rosters. Pill’s hitting line in Fresno is 22 HR, 93 RBI and .320 AVG. The only reason why we haven’t seen him in San Francisco is that he’s not on the 40-man roster.