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Giants to activate closer Wilson on Wednesday

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:05 pm
 

SAN DIEGO -- Closer Brian Wilson is expected to be activated before Wednesday afternoon's game with the Padres. Now all the Giants have to do is get a lead so he can pitch.

The reeling Giants took another loss Tuesday, this one 3-1 to the Padres to fall to 1-4, and right now Wilson's absence seems the least of their problems: They've had exactly zero save opportunities in their first five games.

So if a closer is activated in the forest and nobody notices, is he really active? Or something like that.

"After throwing to hitters in LA and playing catch today, he feels great," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Tuesday's game.

Wilson has made no secret of his eagerness to return, but the Giants are confident that he's ready.

"Just watching him throw to hitters in LA, he wasn't hesitating," Bochy said. "He was letting it go.

"If your oblique is bothering you, you can't hide that."

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You can't hide some of the Giants' fielders, either. They've committed five errors in their first five games (none on Tuesday in San Diego, though pitcher Madison Bumgarner didn't distinguish himself on Chris Denorfia's bunt in a three-run third).

Bochy already is going into overdrive protecting Aubrey Huff -- rightly so -- for his uneven play in right field. Huff was supposed to be the San Francisco first baseman this year, but when Cody Ross suffered a strained calf, Huff went out to right to replace him and rookie Brandon Belt was installed at first.

"Huff played pretty good outfield last year," Bochy said. "In fairness to him, he didn't get a lot of time out there because Ross was there. Give him time."

That's fair. But it doesn't help matters short-term (Ross is expected to miss at least the first three weeks of the season).

"Andres Torres is going to weight 138 pounds by the end of the season with all that ground he has to cover," one scout quipped Tuesday of the Giants center fielder. "He's got from foul line to foul line."

Likes: If you're a fan of San Diego sports, check out Jane Mitchell's book One on One: My Journey With Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars. All sorts of people -- and stuff -- in there from the popular Mitchell, who has been doing magazine-style, in-depth pieces on San Diego television for years. ... The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Netflix'd it the other night and what a gem. Julianne Moore is terrific, and Woody Harrelson, as usual, is pitch-perfect.

Dislikes: The Padres changing uniforms again. Now their road unis are gray, not the "sand" color of the past few years. ... Butler-Connecticut, what a letdown. Ugh. ... Made of Honor. Brutal. Patrick Dempsey may be fine for Grey's Anatomy, but keep him on the small screen.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Now Paul is a real estate novelist
"Who never had time for a wife
"And he's talking with Davy who's still in the navy
"And probably will be for life
"And the waitress is practicing politics
"As the businessmen slowly get stoned
"Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
"But it's better than drinking alone
"It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday,
"And the manager gives me a smile
"'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
"To forget about life for awhile"

-- Billy Joel, Piano Man

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