SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy at once understood the frustration that spilled from Madison Bumgarner yet preferred that the left-hander would have restrained himself somewhat.
Responding to a reporter's question, Bumgarner expressed the belief Wednesday night that the Giants have "sometimes" lost their concentration during ballgames. Bumgarner spoke after a couple of defensive mistakes -- including his own questionable throw to third base on a bunt -- helped Milwaukee score four eighth-inning runs and cruise to a 6-1 victory. Before Milwaukee rallied, Bumgarner pitched seven shutout innings.
Bochy indicated Thursday that he has raised the concentration issue more than once in meetings with players. He also tried to downplay Bumgarner's remarks as those of an intense competitor blowing off steam.
"You're talking to a pitcher who just lost a really tough game," Bochy said. "Madison probably wishes he had talked to the [players] a little bit. When you catch a guy after a tough game like that, he might say something he might regret a little bit, because he's not the type to point fingers. We're a group that likes to take care of things internally."
Bochy also excused Bumgarner to some degree.
"You're going to have guys in the heat of the moment show their frustration," Bochy said. "Madison is a very competitive guy who hates to lose. He definitely was upset with last night. You want these to have an edge to them, and he does."
Now healthy, Sanchez recalled from Fresno
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants regained an integral member of last year's championship team Thursday by recalling catcher Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Fresno.
Manager Bruce Bochy wasted no time in re-indoctrinating Sanchez, who started and batted seventh in the series finale against Milwaukee.
A strained right shoulder bothered Sanchez through much of the season. He hit .231 (9-for-39) with three RBIs in 26 games earlier this year for the Giants before going on the disabled list. After being reinstated, Sanchez was optioned to Fresno, where he hit .271 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 32 games.
"I feel strong -- 100 percent," said Sanchez, 23. "But I have to keep doing my exercises and treatment. I don't want to get hurt again."
The switch-hitting Sanchez provided handy offense last year for San Francisco, hitting .280 in 74 games.
To clear roster room for Sanchez, the Giants designated catcher Guillermo Quiroz for assignment. Quiroz hit .186 with one home run and six RBIs in 43 games, including 19 starts.
"It's not easy to see him go," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Quiroz, who made the Opening Day squad as a non-roster player. "I talked to him last night and thanked him for everything."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.