By Matt Snyder
Injured closer Brian Wilson threw soft toss Sunday without any issues and is getting closer to a return to the hill for the defending World Series champion Giants. He hasn't pitched since March 17 as he's sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle. The season opens Thursday and it sounds like Wilson won't miss much of it.
"He played catch today and he felt fine," Bochy said. "He'll probably play a little more catch tomorrow and it'll be Tuesday as far as getting up on the mound. We'll evaluate it after that." (MLB.com )
Thursday is when the season begins for the Giants, so it doesn't sound like you can expect to see Wilson in the first game. That's actually not a huge deal. There's tons of emphasis on opening day, but there are 161 games that follow. There's no reason to push an injury just to be ready for the first game, especially if coming back too early risks further injury.
The bottom line is that the Giants won't be missing Wilson for long, barring setbacks.
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