Giants notes: Bochy hints at Romo joining NL All-Stars

Giants notes: Bochy hints at Romo joining NL All-Stars
July 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Giants closer Sergio Romo picked up his 21st save against the Padres on Thursday night. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN DIEGO – Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that he plans to name closer Sergio Romo to the NL All-Star team as a replacement for one of several pitchers who will be ineligible to participate in the game.

Bochy also said it’s likely that left-hander Madison Bumgarner, a first-time All-Star, will be slotted to pitch an inning in the game. The manager has to show 16 available innings to the league; that’s a challenge, since several pitchers will be on strict pitch counts.

“A very good chance,” Bochy said of Bumgarner. “He’s on the list.”

Bochy knows for certain that he’ll have to replace at least two NL representatives: the Pirates’ Jeff Locke and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright. The Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann also is expected to be replaced, along with the Cubs’ Travis Wood.

Romo would join Bumgarner and Marco Scutaro as first-time All-Stars. Catcher Buster Posey also is on the club via the players ballot.

Bochy cannot name Romo until Sunday.

“I like having a little leverage,” Bochy joked. “Last night’s save went pretty good, so…”

Romo is 21 for 24 in save opportunities, many of them 1-2-3 affairs – certainly more low-stress outings than Brian Wilson had during his tenure as the club’s closer.

“Did Wilson have one?” Bochy said, smiling. “There’s no question a 1-2-3 is a beautiful save. I love the sight of it.”

Wilson continues to work out in Hawaii and is getting ready to throw for scouts. Asked if he’s curious where Wilson might land, Bochy said:

“Yeah, sure I will. It’s not something I pay a lot of attention to, but now that he’s trying out, I think all of us will be curious because he was a teammate.”

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Santiago Casilla will be activated prior to Saturday’s game, Bochy said. The manager also said it’s likely that outfielder Jeff Francoeur would join the club Saturday, and would form a platoon in left field with Kensuke Tanaka.

Assuming that Andres Torres remains on the roster after Francoeur’s addition, he and Gregor Blanco would fall back into a platoon as well – in center field this time.

“With Tanaka, the way he’s playing, he’ll be in there for the most part against right-handers,” Bochy said. “

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Chad Gaudin is starting a game for the first time since he was charged with gross lewdness stemming from a January arrest at a Las Vegas hospital. Bochy was asked if he even spoke to Gaudin about the incident after news broke on Wednesday. The manager paused a long time and then said no, he hadn’t.

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