With the season winding down, fans of the San Francisco Giants can take a little peace of mind about their pitching staff into the offseason. Closer Brian Wilson threw to three hitters in a simulated game on Monday, and is looking to take the mound again before the end of the year.
Wilson threw to Darren Ford, Emmanuel Burris, and Brett Pill, totaling 19 pitches between them. Skipper Bruce Bochy liked what he saw, and if Wilson is pain free on Tuesday will like him to do the same on Thursday. Here’s a bit of what he had to say about him:
“He could very easily say, ‘You know what? Let’s shut it down,’ But that’s not him. He wants to get back out there and help the ballclub. He’s been relentless about his rehab and his workouts. That’s what you
appreciate about Willie. I think the guys would like to see him out there.”
In other pitching injury news, Barry Zito is likely to see only relief work before the end of the year due to the needed time to stretch out his pitch count. He hasn’t thrown in a big league game since July 31, and hasn’t much of an idea what 2012 will have in store for him:
“I just want to get some action, get back on the mound. This has been such a crazy year with all the setbacks, so I just want to get out there and feel like I’m at full capacity.”
Lastly, Jonathan Sanchez remains questionable for the rest of this season, but will join Buster Posey down in Arizona on Thursday for more rehabilitation on his ankle.
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