The San Francisco Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.
The change in stretch time was initiated by Mark Melancon.
Rosenthal reported that Melancon requested a change during the early season in the bullpen's stretch time preceding night games from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, allowing each reliever to complete his daily workout routine.
The report stated players were increasingly late for the stretching sessions, prompting Bruce Bochy to convene a team meeting about a month ago to address that issue and others.
"I dropped the ball," Bochy told Rosenthal. "I've been doing this so long, you take for granted that they know what I want. These guys were used to doing it how they've done it -- 'I have my own routine. I'm not going to stretch.' But we do stretch as a team here. They all have to be out there."
More than one player pointed out that multiple people convened during the season-opening series at Arizona to agree upon a revised stretch time.
"I'm shocked," Melancon said. "But honestly, if this is the thing that we can point out and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching."
Bochy dismissed the fuss. "It's a non-story for me," he said, adding that belaboring the issue would be the equivalent to "pole vaulting over mouse turds."