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Giants aren’t happy about Sergio Romo’s usage in WBC

Mar 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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Sergio Romo threw 26 pitches for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic yesterday and he’s eligible to make an appearance again tonight because the tournament’s “can’t pitch in back-to-back games” limit is 30 pitches.

As you might expect, none of that pleases the Giants. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy met with his coaching staff to discuss the situation this morning and “the staff is also trying to phone Romo to see how he feels a day after the game.”

Schulman notes that Romo threw as many as 26 pitches just once all of last season and it was in his very first appearance of the year. And if he were in Giants camp right now there’s no way Romo would be allowed to throw 26 pitches, let alone throw 26 pitches and then potentially throw again the next day.

Not necessarily a big deal, but Romo’s history of arm issues magnifies things a bit and it’s also an interesting data point for why teams aren’t exactly pushing their players to participate in the WBC.

  1. bmorelikeme - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I’m totally fine with position players from my favorite team playing in the tournament. For example, I think its a great experience for Jonathon Schoop as a minor leaguer getting an opportunity on a bigger stage.

    But I hate it for the pitchers. It seems aggressive to have pitchers going full bore a few weeks into spring training in competitive game situations. Now is the time to be stretching out the arm and building endurance for a long grinding season, not to be reaching back for a few extra MPH in a win or go home scenario.

    • blacksables - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Well, they could hit off of a tee instead?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Or made a sammich run?

  2. tonyz6060chevy - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    That’s because the Mexican team are Dodger fans and want to help the Dodgers anyway they can !

    • kingscourt25 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      I’m pretty sure there are a ton of Mexicans who are also Giants fans

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Yep…and I bet there even a few who are Padres fans. Gasp!

  3. baymac408 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Man nobody likes the dodgers or padres… GO GIANTS!!!!

  4. dkphilly1122 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I say don’t let him pitch again tonight……save that arm and I don’t want him pitching against the US, ha. Romo is a nasty pitcher……..the US could do without seeing him tonight!!

  5. dowhatifeellike - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Non-story… let them complain after he throws again today. Lots of bullpen guys who are eligible don’t end up throwing.

  6. losanginsight - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Let this clown pitch so his arm will fall off like Wilson’s.

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