Alou was placed on the disabled list on Friday, retroactive to Thursday, with a right calf strain—an injury similar to the one that forced him to miss time during the 2000, ’01 and ’02 seasons. An MRI on Friday showed a slight strain, but given Alou’s history, the team wanted to be cautious.
Alou joins Bonds, who is coming off two surgeries on his right knee, on the DL. Bonds, 40, and 38-year-old Alou are part of the oldest outfield in baseball, along with 37-year-old Marquis Grissom.
“I’m glad (the injuries) are happening now, so hopefully we can correct them, get them out of the way and prevent them from happening again,” Grissom said.
Alou, who hit .293 with 39 homers and 106 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs last season, left Wednesday’s 10-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the fourth inning with tightness in the calf and didn’t play Thursday.
“It’s just a little disappointing what happened,” Alou said. “You come to a new team with a lot of expectations on yourself and the last thing you want to happen is to get hurt. … I’m trying to be positive about it.
“We have to come down to common sense, try to get well now and be ready for the rest of the year. This is not what I wanted to do, but it’s the smartest thing to do.”
Grissom hit a three-run walk-off homer on Friday as the Giants opened this series with a 10-8 win. Edgardo Alfonzo went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs and Jason Ellison added a homer for San Francisco, which dropped two of three to Los Angeles to open the season.
Todd Greene hit a three-run homer in Colorado’s eight-run seventh inning. The Rockies split their season-opening two-game series with San Diego.
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