SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy was headed back from a game against the Cleveland Indians when Sergio Romo made his World Baseball Classic debut Thursday, but Bochy was still well aware of what was going on. The Giants manager was getting text message updates with every pitch, and he wasn't thrilled as that count kept rising.
Romo ended up throwing 26 pitches in Mexico's loss to Italy, giving up two runs and getting charged with the loss. With Mexico scheduled to play a must-have game Friday night, Bochy felt the need to check in with his closer.
"He's doing fine -- he says his arm feels fine," Bochy said. "His pride has been hurt a little bit. He's a competitor and is pitching for his country, so that bothered him."
Bochy said the phone call ended with a promise from Romo to call another team official later Friday. Romo will play catch when he arrives at Chase Field and will call team trainer Dave Groeschner to update the Giants on how his arm feels.
"If he doesn't feel right, we'll call (Mexico's coaches)," Bochy said. "We'll step in."
The Giants would prefer that Romo doesn't pitch tonight, and they're trusting Romo to give a full report on how he feels.
"You've got to hopefully trust that they can be honest," Bochy said, "And remember that they have a responsibility here, too. You don't know if they're going to be 100 percent honest. I don't think anybody wants to see anybody get hurt."
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"There's a lot at stake," he said. "They're going to do all they can not to go home. And they care about these players."
Jason Grilli threw 31 pitches for Italy in the same game and wasn't available Friday because he hit the limit of 30. Would Bochy have liked to see Romo reach 30, just so he couldn't pitch Friday night?
"To be honest, yeah," he said. "I wouldn't have minded him throwing four more. You go that many, you're better off with him throwing four more."
"We can control his pitches and everything, and keep things under control," Bochy said of the simulated game.
Lincecum is now scheduled to start Tuesday night's game.
Reliever Javier Lopez (bruised hand) had originally been slated to make his spring debut Friday, but the Giants' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was canceled because of steady rain. Lopez is expected to take the mound Saturday.
"My timing was off a little bit," he said. "I was just missing out over the plate a little bit. They were all kind of small misses. (The Dodgers) capitalized, they were swinging the bat aggressively."
The second delay, lasting 26 minutes, was the strangest. After Hunter Pence's double in the bottom of the first inning, players sprinted to the dugouts to avoid a driving hailstorm. The umpires stood still for a moment, and Bochy joked that the decision to bring the tarp out was made by Buster Posey, who was digging into the batter's box when the hail started.
"Buster was the one that left," Bochy said, smiling. "He said, 'I'm done.' He didn't give them a choice."