Wilson stares down Posey, Sanchez in live BP

March 7, 2012, 8:06 pm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson threw the pitch that clinched a World Series. Buster Posey caught it, leaping into his arms.

The batterymates had a much different encounter on a back field Wednesday morning at Scottsdale Stadium. Wilson threw live batting practice to Posey and Freddy Sanchez -- a final test before he's cleared to make his exhibition debut on Monday when the Giants face the Seattle Mariners.

"Just another check-off for everybody," said Wilson, who threw sliders among his 25 pitches. "It's something everybody needs to see, including you (reporters). I'm still capable of pitching. I'm totally ready and now I have three days to prepare myself.

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"Today went exactly how I thought it would go."

Wilson said he threw sliders to "let the world know it's there." It's the pitch that puts the most strain on the elbow; the All-Star closer is being brought along slowly this spring after being limited to two appearances after Aug. 15 last season with an elbow strain.

Posey, who continues to rehab his reconstructed left ankle, had taken live BP earlier this spring. But this was an important first step for Sanchez, who hasn't played since June 8 because of right shoulder surgery.

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The two hitters mostly tracked pitches; Sanchez hit one roller to the right side.

"Nothing the second baseman couldn't handle," said Wilson, who joked that the extra-diligent Sanchez spent too much time warming up. "I was telling him, There's no reason for you to get more locked in than me. Spending four hours getting ready? Freddy, settle down, man. This is live BP. I don't need you taking me deep."

For the record: he didn't.

Facing Sanchez and Posey was helpful, Wilson said.

"These are the kinds of hitters you want to face in BP," he said. "They know what they're doing. They've got a great approach. And it's nice to see Buster out there competing at the level he knows he's capable of. It'll be nice to pitch to him again."

Sanchez also tested his shoulder in infield practice by taking feeds at second base and throwing to complete double plays. It was the first time this spring that he threw across his body. His throws didn't have a lot on them, though.

"Anything I do differently is going to be a good step," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said he is not ready to play second base in an exhibition game, and had no timeline for when that might happen. He's likely to appear first as a DH. The Giants also could send him to get at-bats in minor league camp games.

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