Giants reliever Sergio Romo gave up a solo homer but struck out the side Monday night at Raley Field in his one inning pitched for the River Cats as he begins his rehab assignment for his strained right elbow.
In a 4-2 River Cats victory, Romo struck out former River Cat Shane Peterson on nine pitches to start the sixth before giving up a first-pitch, 425-foot blast to Colorado Springs Sky Sox shortstop Orlando Arcia to tie the score 2-2. He set down the next two batters on strikes, finishing off Manny Pina on three pitches.
“I was in the strike zone, I didn’t miss by a whole lot and when I did miss, my breaking balls really seemed to be pretty sharp,” Romo said. “So in all reality I think today was huge. I felt fine and I was able to throw all my pitches well.”
The right-hander threw 17 pitches – 13 for strikes..
The River Cats scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, giving Romo, who also absorbed a blown save, the victory.
The reliever last pitched for the Giants on April 10 in a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants placed Romo on the 15-day disabled list April 14, retroactive to April 11, with a flexor strain in his right elbow.
“It felt stronger than the last outing that I had on Friday out in extended (spring training) ... ,” Romo said. “It was good to get some adrenaline rush. That was probably one of the best things about today, feeling that adrenaline again.”
Romo said he is scheduled to make his next rehab appearance with the River Cats on Wednesday and another Friday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said Romo could rejoin the team during its trip to Atlanta early next week.
Romo appeared in four games with the Giants in April. He allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings with one strikeout, one walk and a 2.70 ERA.
The Giants called up right-hander Derek Law in April to fill the roster vacancy.
Romo’s teammate George Kontos, suffering from the same injury, landed on the DL on April 19 and was reactivated May 17.