The San Francisco Giants activated reliever Sergio Romo for the 60-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
Romo had been sidelined since mid-April with a flexor strain in his elbow.
To create room on the 25-man active roster, pitcher Albert Suarez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. To create room on the 40-man roster, reliever Mike Broadway was designated for assignment.
The decision to option Suarez confirms a report earlier that the Giants would use Thursday’s off day to skip Suarez’s spot in the rotation.
That means the Giants will go into the All-Star break by starting Jake Peavy (today), Madison Bumgarner (Tuesday), Johnny Cueto (Wednesday), Jeff Samardzija (Friday), Peavy (Saturday) and Bumgarner (Sunday).
That means Bumgarner won’t pitch in the All-Star game in San Diego, let alone start in it.
Broadway was the most likely candidate to be DFA’d. He was the oldest pitcher (29) on the 40-man roster who was pitching in the minors. Broadway was lights-out in Triple-A in 2015, but hadn’t really done much in the majors.
He was 0-2 with 6.75 ERA in 25 appearances in 2015-16. He was 0-3 with 3.94 ERA for Sacramento this season with five saves. There’s a good chance he’ll be claimed on waivers.
Other injury news
DENARD SPAN: The Giants also announced outfielder Denard Span got a shot to help with his sore neck, but they did not place him on the DL.
Chances are the Giants are hoping the shot helps in a day or two. If not, Kelby Tomlinson was moved from San Jose to Sacramenton on his rehab stint, and he could get activated in a couple days and Span could go on the DL retroactive to last Friday. He’d then be eligible to return the second day after the Giants return from the All-Star break.
JOE PANIK: The Giants announced Panik would not be activated from the 7-day concussion DL until after the All-Star break. This kept the Giants from releasing one of the infielders recently added to the 40-man (Grant Green and Ruben Tejada) to make room for Romo.
MATT CAIN: After pitching in an Arizona Rookie League game over the weekend, Cain is expected to pitch for Sacramento later this week. With off days on July 18 and July 21, the Giants don’t need a No. 5 starter until July 26, so they can take their time with Cain.