Kontos back with Giants as Romo leaves

Kontos back with Giants as Romo leaves

PHOENIX -- Giants right-handed reliever George Kontos rejoined the team Saturday after completing back-to-back outings for Triple-A Sacramento the last two days. He's been on the disabled list since April 19 with a flexor strain on the inner side of his right elbow.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Kontos could be activated Sunday, but it's more likely he will be reinstated when the team opens a three-game series Tuesday night against the Padres in San Diego.

Meanwhile, Sergio Romo, who's been on the DL since April 15 with a similar injury, was leaving the team for several days after the death of his grandfather, Bochy said.

Romo was supposed to throw a bullpen session before Friday night's 4-3 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field, but that didn't happen.

Kontos worked four rehab-assignment relief appearances for the River Cats, including two-thirds of inning Thursday night and an inning Friday, both against Reno, the D-backs' top farm club. He allowed a run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out two in his four appearances.

Kontos had a big smile on his face upon his arrival in the visiting clubhouse and proclaimed his arm fit.

"He came out of it feeling good," Bochy said. "There's a good chance we won't activate him until San Diego. Could we do it tomorrow, Sunday? Yeah."

About Romo, Bochy added: "He'll be here today to get his work in and then he's taking off."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.