Woody’s News Roundup Mar 17, 2012

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Sergio Romo’s elbow was being problematic, so a break was needed, per Alex Pavlovic:

As he prepares for his fifth major league season, reliever Sergio Romo has learned to listen to his body. Last week, his right arm told him it was time for a breather.

Romo last pitched Tuesday and won’t pitch again until at least next Tuesday, giving him a full week off. He has had elbow problems in the past but said he’s “not sore and not hurting.”

“It’s just rest, that’s all I asked for,” Romo said. “My last outing let me know that it might be a good time to play it safe. I’m not worried, the coaches aren’t worried, the trainers aren’t worried.”

Also from Pavlovic, Aubrey Huff is having a bit of problems as well:

First baseman Aubrey Huff was a late scratch from the first game of a split-squad doubleheader after feeling tightness in his back during batting practice.

I thought the deal was there are supposed to be no more injuries or even a hint of it because it’s too early in the season? Hmmph.

Angel Villalona has been optioned to High-A San Jose, it seems. Andrew Baggarly reports:

Angel Villalona still doesn’t have his work visa to travel to the United States. If and when he arrives, he’ll find a locker waiting for him in minor league camp.

The Giants optioned Villalona to Single-A San Jose on Friday, which is more or less a procedural move. Even if he had been able to report three weeks ago as scheduled, the Giants had planned to keep him in extended spring training while he works himself back into baseball shape.

It will be interesting to see how Villalona’s return to baseball plays out.

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