Relievers ready for action despite record game

Relievers ready for action despite record game

Relievers ready for action despite record game
SAN FRANCISCO -- After tying a Major League record by using 11 pitchers in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the D-backs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that all his relief pitchers would be available in Wednesday's series finale.

"They're all doing OK," Bochy said before the game. "Sure, you'd like to give [Sergio] Romo a break, but the rest of them are available. They didn't throw too much as far as workload or pitches."

Only Dan Runzler and Brad Penny weren't used out of the 12-man bullpen Tuesday, with Romo (two innings) and Dan Otero (1 1/3 innings) being the only ones to go for more than an inning.

Bochy's recent bullpen approach has weighed heavily on matchups, with the Giants relying on a rotation of multiple pitchers to combine for outs late in games. In other words, relievers are on notice that they can get their number called at any moment.

"You just have to stay mentally ready at all times," Otero said. "They always say baseball is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical, and there's definitely some truth to that, especially being in the bullpen. Every day you have to stay mentally ready and stay sharp, because if you have to come in and get one out, you better get that out and do your job."

The Giants also plan on adding Clay Hensley, who is recovering from a right groin strain, to the bullpen when he is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

"He got some good work in facing hitters today, and he'll be ready to go when he can come off," Bochy said Wednesday.