DENVER — The Giants have always been careful with Sergio Romo, giving him extra time off during spring training and watching his workload closely during the season. That hasn’t kept Romo’s elbow from acting up from time to time, though, and on Wednesday morning the right-hander woke up feeling sore.
Romo was sent back to San Francisco for tests, and manager Bruce Bochy said he wouldn’t know anything further until Thursday morning. The Giants were not immediately planning to call another player up or make a roster move. They have a day game in Denver before flying to Los Angeles.
“He’s getting evaluated,” Bochy said. “He felt fine last night (while warming up in the eighth) but he got up today a little achy. For his presence of mind and peace of mind, he needs to get it looked at. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Romo has pitched in four games this season, giving up just a Joc Pederson homer during the Dodgers series. He was slow-played in spring training and was the last Giants regular to appear in a game, but once Romo returned to the mound, he looked as sharp as ever.
Romo has had soreness in the past but has never had a serious injury, despite the pressure his go-to slider puts on his elbow.
“We know with Sergio, it occasionally has flared up on him,” Bochy said. “Usually he just needs a couple of days and he’s fine. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
If Romo misses time, Cory Gearrin likely would take the right-handed specialist role. Hunter Strickland already has been elevated a bit and has been pitching later in games.