Mark DeRosa: Slow start or lingering wrist problems?

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 26: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammate Mark DeRosa #7 after scoring on an Aubrey Huff single in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies applies the tag during an MLB game at AT&T Park on April 26, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Giants are being grilled over the signing of infielder-outfielder Mark DeRosa, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. DeRosa is hitting just .194 in his first 26 games in an offseason where he had wrist surgery to fix a problem from the 2009 season.

I have always been a believer that wrist injuries can hurt a hitter the worst, as apparent by the slow recoveries of Derrek Lee and Vernon Wells. Can't say I didn't warn you about DeRosa...

This one is from September 13th: Wrist surgery may impact DeRosa's value (examines D. Lee as well)

October 13th: "My only concern with DeRosa is that he will be coming off of wrist surgery, which in the past has had an impact on a players numbers. That could effect his numbers down the road."

November 14th: "DeRosa wasn't phenomenal after joining St. Louis, battling wrist problems for most of the season. It'll be interesting to see how he bounces back from offseason surgery." 

If DeRosa has to go on the disabled list again, it is possible the Giants could add Jermaine Dye and then use DeRosa across the diamond, a role he seems more comfortable with over the past few seasons. 

UPDATE: Here is a great link where DeRosa describes his wrist injury as a "failure." Check it out!

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