UPDATE: Wilson faces hitters, readies for March 11 debut


UPDATE: Wilson faces hitters, readies for March 11 debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the first time since early September, the Beard stared down hitters again.

Closer Brian Wilson continued to look strong in his slow and cautious buildup from a strained right elbow Sunday morning. He faced hitters for the first time this spring, and appeared to throw crisp and hard during his live batting practice session.

"It was a pretty good outing," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got his work on. Its goodfor him to see hitters. All went well."

Bochy said Wilson, barring a setback, is on the schedule to make his Cactus League debut on March 11.

There were no apparent hiccups as Wilson pitched on a back field at Scottsdale Stadium. he faced Gary Brown, Emmanuel Burriss and Brandon Belt -- the top three hitters in a split-squad lineup that later bused to play the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale.

Wilson threw 20 pitches and was around the plate with all of them. Burriss said he saw cutters, four-seam fastballs and even one slider.

"I won't tell you the order, though," Burriss said, smiling. "He's confident. It feels good for us from the Giants' perspective to see him out there. I don't think too many people are worried about him right now."

For other morning tidbits and lineups from the Giants' split squad games, which are just underway, check my Twitter timeline @CSNBaggs.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.