SAN FRANCISCO -– Since taking over as the Giants’ closer midway through the 2012 season, Sergio Romo has made an NL All-Star team, converted 69 saves in 79 chances and knocked down three more in the postseason.
He clinched a World Series title with tenacity and temerity, reaching into the lion’s mouth with an 88 mph fastball to strike out a Triple Crown winner.
There is no doubting Romo’s resolve or the debt owed to him.
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But when a predictable pitcher becomes inconsistent with his signature pitch, he starts backing up bases and his team starts considering backup plans.
Romo is out as the Giants’ closer, at least temporarily, after Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke to the struggling right-hander Sunday morning. Bochy said Romo took the news well.
On his way out of the clubhouse following Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Reds, Romo issued a statement to anyone within earshot:
“It’s about the team here. I don’t need to pitch the ninth inning to contribute. I’m OK with the decision. It is what it is. I’m going to get a chance, and when I get a chance, I’ll be ready to rock.”