Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that reliever Sergio Romo and Giants coach Shawon Dunston “exchanged heated words with raised voices” just prior to batting practice today.
The exact nature of the conflict isn’t known, but it caused manager Bruce Bochy “to emerge from his office to intervene.” Order was eventually restored and Romo, who was demoted from the closer role earlier this season, is available to pitch tonight against the Dodgers.
This type of thing surely happens more than we know and it’s unlikely to have any impact on the game on the field, but it’s understandable if tensions were running a little high right now. The Giants have lost six out of their last eight games, which means they’ll need a miracle to chase down the Dodgers in the National League West. The Pirates hold the tiebreaker over the Giants to host the Wild Card game.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.