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Injury-heavy Giants soldier on with Beltran, Romo headed to the disabled list

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The San Francisco Giants’ disabled list is getting awfully crowded these days.

The team announced this afternoon that Carlos Beltran and Sergio Romo will be added to the DL ranks, joining teammates Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Pat Burrell, Barry Zito, Andres Torres, and a partridge in a pear tree.

And this isn’t even counting the guys not “officially” de-activated due to wonky hip flexors and strains and sprains and feet that annoyingly get in the way of foul balls: Pablo Sandoval, Nate Schierholtz, Aaron Rowand, and Jeff Keppinger.

Mr. Beltran strained his right wrist eight games ago while hitting against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt. Since that time, the Giants have waited with Annie-style, the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow optimism for their newly acquired offensive powerhouse to return and start producing. He’ll be back the next game, surely. Or, the next game. Well, maybe the next one.

Unfortunately, Mr. Beltran’s wrist hasn’t obeyed Broadway rules: he’ll be cooling his heels on the 15-day DL, practicing a rendition of “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Mr. Romo, the Giants’ Other Bearded One Worth Fearing, is suffering from right elbow inflammation. According to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, Mr. Romo’s elbow is “still a little cranky,” leaving him “not where he wants to be.” Even though bullpenners Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Brian Wilson, and Ramon Ramirez are certainly good enough to cover the gap, watching Mr. Romo leave a hot 31-consecutive-hitters-retired streak for the 15-day DL is an unwelcome sight for the sore eyes of Giants fans.

Mr. Beltran and Mr. Romo’s departures are just one more injury straw on the back of a team struggling to tread water in the NL West, down five games behind the Atlanta Braves in the wild card footrace, and recovering from a distressingly unexpected bottom o’the ninth inning loss last night to the Braves. Sure, Miguel Tejada has been re-activated from his lower abdominal strain and Triple-A Fresno pitcher Dan Runzler has been called up, but still.

It’s enough to make a Giants fan throw their hands up in disgust and declare, “How on earth are the Giants ever going to win with all this going on?”

But a better question – and one that isn’t appreciated enough – is this: “How on earth have the Giants won as many as they have with all this going on?”

Injury-heavy? Yes. Down and out? No.

Mr. Bochy knows it. When asked if he believed the Giants were out of the running this year, he said: “No, I don’t. I refuse to, and I’d better not hear it from any players, whether it’s speaking for them personally or the club.”

Preach it, sir.

Watch Game 2 of the Giants-Braves series tonight at 4:10 pm on CSN Bay Area or listen on KNBR 680.

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