This could be bad news for the World Series champions.
All-Star closer Brian Wilson has suffered a mild oblique strain and will be reevaluated Monday. Reports say this leaves opening day in doubt.
"There's concern, sure," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Sometimes these things take longer than others. On Monday we'll have a better idea, and then I can tell you how much concern, but sure there's concern when it's an oblique."
"We still have some time here. He was at a pretty good place before he injured it, how he was throwing. It's a setback. Hopefully Monday we'll find it it's not too long of a setback. I know how tough and strong he is. He isn't overly concerned." (San Francisco Chronicle )
Obviously there are lots of different directions this could take, but oblique strains have a tendency to linger, and it's especially problematic when throwing -- which might be a problem for pitchers, no? In fact, this specific injury sometimes causes pitchers to miss a month. The season is less than two weeks away, so it looks like the Giants will be starting the year without their fireman.
Wilson, 29, led all of baseball with 48 saves last season and sported a minuscule 1.81 ERA.
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