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.