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Giants closer Wilson nurses oblique strain

Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:29 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 6:03 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants closer Brian Wilson, out with a mild oblique strain, did not throw Monday and, as of now, said he is not yet sure when he next will throw.

It's too early to say whether than means Wilson will open the season on the disabled list, and Wilson insists that his arm strength is such that he'll be ready on opening day. But with San Francisco's opener next Thursday at Los Angeles, time is slipping away.

"It's more important I'm ready in June, August or September than I am right now," said the Bearded One, adding, "There's no need to fret."

Wilson, an All Star closer who led the NL with 48 saves last season, said he is "taking it day by day" and "taking it easy."

"What this is like is what it was with my back [early in camp]," Wilson said. "Same thing. If I'm not worried, no one needs to be worried. The team's not worried and the doctors are not worried."

Right now, Wilson is not even playing catch because he and the team want to give it a couple of days' rest and not aggravate the oblique.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Wilson did some light activity in the weight room Monday -- no lifting -- and likely will try and play catch on Wednesday when the team returns from a day off Tuesday.

Bochy said it's still too early to determine Wilson's opening day availability.

"We're encouraged by how much progress he's made," Bochy said. "We're optimisitic he'll be ready for opening day -- but that's being optimistic."

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