Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list earlier this week after suffering yet another injury to his surgically-repaired left wrist. At the time of the injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy conceded that DeRosa would be “out a while,” but there’s also a very real chance that his career could be over.
According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, DeRosa underwent an MRI which revealed a partially torn ECU tendon in the wrist. The veteran utility man has undergone two previous procedures to repair the sheath that covers the ECU tendon.
DeRosa is scheduled to travel to Cleveland next week to see the surgeon who performed his most recent surgery last July.
“I’m not willing to concede to the fact that I can’t come back,” DeRosa said. “But look, I’m also cognizant to the fact that I’ve done significant damage to this thing repeatedly over the past two years. So we’ll wait and see.”
DeRosa, 36, has been limited to 34 games since having his first procedure on the wrist in October of 2009.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: