Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness


Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants adjusted the pitching schedule for Brian Wilson due to some mild soreness in his right arm, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Wilson hasn't pitched since Saturday, his third appearance in a Cactus League game, when he threw 30 pitches in an inning prolonged by third baseman Pablo Sandoval's error. The three-time All-Star closer is on the schedule to face hitters in a minor league game Thursday.

Wilson looked fine as he played catch Wednesday and Bochy said he could've used his closer if it were a regular-season game. The club is operating with an abundance of caution because Wilson's inflamed right elbow limited him to two appearances after Aug. 15 last season.

Bochy described Wilson's soreness as typical spring training stuff. He still has time to check off the remaining boxes, including appearances on consecutive days. Overall, Wilson and the Giants are happy with how the spring has gone. He's hitting 96 mph and his cutter and slider are taking shape.

In other injury news -- Bochy is giving right fielder Nate Schierholtz another day to rest his strained right forearm. Schierholtz is expected to start Thursday; Emmanuel Burriss will play right field Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear.

A number of players are staying back to get at-bats in minor league camp. Among them are Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan, who haven't found their stroke yet this spring. Freddy Sanchez, who still isn't ready to play second base, also will get at-bats on the minor league side. And right-hander Guillermo Mota will get stretched out to two innings against minor leaguers.

Finally, right-hander Sergio Romo appears to be getting past the elbow discomfort that put him on the shelf for a few days as a precaution. Romo is on the schedule to pitch Friday against the Texas Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium.

Here's the lineup traveling to Goodyear:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Mike Fontenot
3B Pablo Sandoval
DH Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
LF Brett Pill
RF Emmanuel Burriss
SS Brandon Crawford
C Chris Stewart
P Eric Surkamp

Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League


Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League

After being selected in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, catcher Aramis Garcia quickly opened eyes with his power. Garcia totaled 15 home runs between Rookie Ball and Short Season Single-A in only 28 games after the draft. 

The next year, Garcia equaled his 15 long balls and spent the majority of his first full pro season at High Single-A. He also improved overall as a hitter, raising his 2014 slash line of .225/.301/.343 to .264/.342/.431 in 2015. The next climb up the farm system ladder was set in place, until it was gone with an excruciating injury. 

Garcia's 2016 season was limited to 47 games played as he sustained a facial fracture in May while sliding into second base. In an attempt to break up a double play, Garcia took a knee to the face. The injury kept him out until the end of July.

When the chance to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions arose, Garcia jumped at the opportunity. 

"First thing I did was call my parents and let them know," Garcia told MLB.com on Monday. "I was just really excited for getting the opportunity to play against guys who are extremely talented and obviously make up for reps, which are extremely important."

Garcia never did exactly find his rhythm after the injury and finished the season batting .257/.323/.340 with two homers in 41 games. In the first half, the 23-year-old hit .298/.359/.369 compared to a lowly .200/.273/.300 in the second half. 

The catcher known more for his offense than defense, is off to a slow start at the plate while facing some of the top prospects in baseball. Throuh six games, he has gone 3-for-17 at the plate, good for a .176 average. But, Garcia acknowledged he's focusing heavily on his defense in the AFL. 

"I feel like when somebody tries to steal on me, I tend to take it a little bit personally," he said. "It's definitely something I take pride in, something I work on hard every day. There's a little routine I do with receiving and footwork, things like that every day."

Behind the dish, Garcia caught 38 percent of base runners looking to swipe a bag on him last season. Through his three years in the minors, Garcia has erased 34 percent of base stealers and owns a .993 fielding percentage. 

Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series


Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series

World Series ace Jon Lester is all set to start Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

Lester will be fully rested when he pitches Tuesday night at Cleveland. Corey Kluber will start for the Indians.

The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.

Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. He helped the Boston Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now.


Indians ace Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he will go with Kluber, an 18-ame winner during the regular season, in the opener on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason.

Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively. The order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.

Bauer's start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than one inning after his pinkie began bleeding against Toronto. He injured his finger when he sliced it open while repairing a drone.

Also, injured starter Danny Salazar could be available against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but he's made major progress in the past week and could be on the World Series roster.