Romo unconcerned about sore shoulder

Romo unconcerned about sore shoulder

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants reliever Sergio Romo believes the mild discomfort in his throwing shoulder soon will be just a memory.

"I think I'll be throwing off a mound by sometime next week," Romo said Saturday.

San Francisco's top right-handed setup man has been able to play catch on flat ground and perform simulated throwing exercises during three days of Spring Training workouts for pitchers and catchers. As a seven-year veteran, Romo has the luxury of preparing for the regular season at a deliberate pace.

"At this point, I don't have to come in throwing 100 miles an hour. I'm ready physically," said Romo, who ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time list with 405 appearances since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. Romo trails Gary Lavelle (647), Greg Minton (552), Randy Moffitt (459), Juan Marichal (458) and Rod Beck (416).

Romo, who turns 32 on March 4, said he devoted himself to conditioning during the offseason. He pointed out he trimmed his body-fat content yet gained five pounds of muscle. So when Romo's shoulder began bothering him about a month ago, he continued to exercise.

"It was really cranky," Romo said. "But I didn't think anything of it."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.